Evin is a neighbourhood in the north of Tehran. The pictures shown here are of the last remaining orchards and old houses in Evin. The traditional village of Evin is located between Daneshgah Square on the north and Evin Mosque on the south. Acacia Lane is the street with the stairs. Evin Prison is also located nearby.
Lighting with electric light bulbs became popular in the 20th century in Iran and has been an integral part of celebrating religious holidays (such as the Mab’ath or Sha’ban) and public celebrations (such as 4th of Aban before the revolution and Fajr after the revolution). Today colour bulbs and fluorescent lights are used widely for outdoor lightings and Illuminations.
In 1933, following a dispute with the British government and Anglo-Persian Oil Company, the Iranian government demanded cancellation of the D’Arcy concession. The termination of D’Arcy Concession was celebrated in the streets of Tehran with a government-sponsored carnival.
Strolling around Shariati avenue, near Qolhak neigbourhood, Tehran. August 2012.
The photographer Roozbeh Shahrestani says: “Although, one might not be able to convey fully the atmosphere of these places, but perhaps with a momentary pause and a brief look the viewer get some sense of them.”
Tehran’s Amirabad Neighbourhood (2012)
“Amirabad is the neighbourhood that I have lived in more than any other place in Tehran.” says the photographer, Roozbeh Shahrestani. “These two sets of photographs are actually more than a personal report; it is a personal time travel to a relatively distant past by wandering along streets and alleys of this district of the city.”
Ferdowsi Avenue is a major thoroughfare in Tehran and it used to be called Ala’odoleh Avenue in Qajar period. It runs from Toopkhane in the south and after passing through Istanbul intersection it ends in Ferdowsi Square in the north.
Warning against dumping trash is the dominant graffiti on Iranian walls. The graffiti sometimes is accompanied by cursing or threats against the person who dumps trash.
These pictures were taken in a neighborhood in Shiraz on April 14, 2012.
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