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شهرِ فرنگPictures of our everyday lives can be found in our family albums, which are full of birthday photos, weddings pictures, and holiday snaps. These images are remnants of the past and the changes that have occurred in the Iranian society. You can help ShahreFarang record and archive these changes by sending your photos and scans.
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Clothing

How have costumes and textiles changed over the years? How has older fashion affected the way we dress today? For example, how the supporters of political groups in Iran dressed after the revolution? How the police, military or school uniforms have changed?

Car Decorations

How we use ornaments and decorations in different vehicles (taxis, trucks, etc.)? How the different social groups and classes decorate their cars?

Graffiti

What our walls say about us: from posters, stickers, graffiti, romantic words, to even swearing and profanity.

Public Places

Public spaces in Iran (parks, shopping centres, restaurants, coffee shops, squares, etc.) can and do change quite drastically and your photographs can help us record and archive these changes.

Architectural Features

Which architectural features on buildings attract your attention? The importance of these features are not only in their aesthetic value but they can also express our contemporary way of life. From this perspective, the fanciful latticework on doors and windows are as equally valuable as ordinary balconies. The balconies were once important features in urban architecture in Iran but are now disappearing fast.

Objects

Domestic objects used in everyday life may not be primarily made ​​to be displayed but they can be visually interesting and throw light on understanding our culture. Everyday objects such as cans, matches, clothings, jewelleries, medals, tea boxes, oil cans, and many others can give insight to the culture that produced them.

Old Publications

Old publications, from magazines to newspapers, are part of our cultural history. Even the least important advertisement in an old newspapers can become an important topic to be seen and appreciated.

Neighbourhoods in Your City

The architecture of the buildings echo the purpose and the spirit of the period and are a reflection of our everyday life. You could photograph the city and document the ever-changing cultural landscape of urban life.

School Days

The photographs of school uniforms, classrooms, school buildings, teachers, and students can show the social changes that have taken place and are occurring now.

Religious Rituals

Various religious ceremonies are an important part of everyday life in Iran. Images of these ceremonies and activities from the last century show this part of Iranian culture.

Memories from the War Front

The Iran–Iraq War lasted from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the longest conventional war of the 20th century and is an important period in contemporary Iranian history. Although the details of this war has been recorded in many sources, but the personal experience of daily life in the camps, in towns and villages, schools and homes are not documented enough. (Photo from here)

Old Postcards

Postcards are important sources of historical information as they provide a visual record of social and political changes in Iran.

Monuments

Which type of places and monuments do we visit and take photographs in front of? These memento & souvenir images show our interests and reveal what we believe in.

Games

Do you know Zou, Haftsang, Khar-polis or Mensch? These are some of the games that kids have enjoyed playing in Iran. Please send us your images of these or any other games you might know?

Filmfarsi Posters

Film posters of pre-revolutionary commercial movies, known as Filmfarsi, are not collected or preserved. These posters are historically important: not only they show part of Iranian culture to us but they also part of the history of Iranian graphic design.

Iranian Picnic

The picnic has been a constant in Iranian life for years and is a very popular family pastime. There are many surviving photographs of people picnicking. These images can be a valuable for understanding how much we have changed.

Birthday Parties

According the Greek historian, Herodotus: “Of all the days in the year, the one which Persians celebrate most is their birthday. It is customary to have the board furnished on that day with an ampler supply than common…” . Although Herodotus says the custom of birthdays was well established among ancient Iranians, but it has been forgotten for a while. Since 1950s and 60s birthday celebrations are emerging strongly. You could send us your birthday photos to record this.

Textbooks

During the twelve years of study at school, textbooks have taught us certain ideas of life, morality, history, and identity. What were these ideas and how they have changed over time?

Diasporic Culture

Immigration to abroad has changed Iranians in some major ways, but many immigrants try to maintain their culture and traditions. It is important to record these ongoing changes in the culture of diaspora.

Iranian Food

Iranian cuisine is not only kebabs. Various ethnic and religious minorities in Iran have their own specific foods that sometimes are completely unknown to others. Please send us photos and descriptions of any you know of.