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Considering Contemporary Iranian Photography

Kiana Hayeri, from the series ‘Beyond the Veil’, 2013 The exhibition Present Perfect? – Contemporary Photography from Iran was recently on display at the Quad Gallery in Derby. The premise of the exhibition, which is part of the annual Format Photography Festival, is to provide a fresh perspective on Iranian culture not from the outside…

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Soma and the Contemptuous Regime

The photograph of Yusuf Yerkel, an adviser to Prime Minister Erdoğan, kicking a protester in the mining town of Soma has become a symbol for the contempt with which the Turkish government is treating its people. It shows Yerkel kicking the anonymous protester already lying on the ground as he is manhandled by two special…