Melbourne based documentary photographer Hoda Afshar

Tuesday, 6 December, 2016

Photo by Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar is a Melbourne based visual artist, and documentary photographer, who originally hails from Tehran, Iran. Her work has been exhibited both in Australia, and internationally, and you can see more of it here.

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The beauty of Iran, in photos

Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, photo by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

If you’re wondering whether or not to ever visit Iran, these stunning images by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, will leave little doubt in your mind as to how to proceed.

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Why visit Iran? Here’s why

Monday, 30 September, 2013

Thirty reasons, often accompanied by photos, for putting Iran on your must visit, or bucket, list:

Because you can learn to decipher a carpet, read the sky and the stars, read the gardens and palaces, trees, mountains and snakes, roosters, peacocks and lions and fish ponds, the whole paradise within its crenellated wall.

Came very close myself at one point, when I was in neighbouring Turkey.

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Photos from a trip to Iran

Thursday, 21 March, 2013

A glimpse of Iran in photos by New Zealand photo-journalist Amos Chapple, taken during visits to the country between December 2011 and January 2013.

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Retired CIA agent Tony Mendez talks the “Canadian Caper”, “Argo”

Thursday, 28 February, 2013

Retired CIA agent Tony Mendez, who was part of a daring effort to smuggle six US diplomats out of Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis of the early 1980s, talks about his role in what became known as the Canadian Caper, that saw the six US Embassy workers pose as a Canadian film crew.

Tony Mendez had to find a way of smuggling the six out of the country, but first he had to get himself in without giving rise to suspicion. “We were looking for reasons for being in Tehran, but there were no good reasons,” the 73-year-old former CIA chief of disguise explains. “Normally we make a cover that is very boring, very forgettable. But we couldn’t go as teachers as the international schools were closed. We couldn’t go as oil technicians. We couldn’t go as nutritionists pretending to be inspecting crops.”

The operation partly inspired Ben Affleck’s most recent feature Argo, so needless to say the article contains numerous spoilers.

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Coming soon, the Agro story as seen by the Iranians

Thursday, 24 January, 2013

Argo was one of my favourite movies of 2012, and now Iranian filmmakers, who feel Ben Affleck’s depiction of events surrounding the Iranian Hostage Crisis – where the staff of the US Embassy in Tehran were held captive for well over a year by militants in the early 1980s – was distorted, are planning their own version of the story:

Following the huge international response to Argo, filmmakers in Iran are now planning to shoot their own version, called Setad Moshtarak (The General Staff). Iranian actor/filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian says, “The draft of the movie, Setad Moshtarak, has been approved by (Iran’s) art center and it awaits a budget to start shooting. “The movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the U.S. embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the revolution. This movie… can be an appropriate response to distorted movies such as Argo.”

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Nose tape is an Iranian girl’s best friend

Friday, 3 August, 2012

Contact lenses that change the eye’s colour, hair dyed bright blonde, and nose tape as a fashion accessory… these are some of the ways young women style themselves in Iran.

The nose tape is a new one on me, at first I thought it was an actual band-aid. I wonder if that’s a trend that will catch on elsewhere?

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A glimpse of everyday life in Iran

Monday, 16 January, 2012

An In Focus collection of photos depicting day to day life in Iran.

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What is Iran going to do next?

Tuesday, 14 April, 2009

Game theory allows the outcome of even a complicated series of negotiations to be accurately predicted if the key motives and values of the (however many) stakeholders involved can be properly understood.

In a TED video Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory to calculate the likely future moves of Iran, particularly in regards to its nuclear research program.

There’s even a question at the end of his presentation, “we have 800 TED viewers in Tehran, what if they are watching this, and change their mind?”

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