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Urban Iran is a depiction of everyday life apart from international and diplomatic policies, giving voice to people living and working in Iran today while probing the complexities of contemporary Iran. Described and revealed by photographers, writers and visual artists, from street art to heavy metal bands and book publishing, Urban Iran documents how the Western media gaze influences how much of the world views Iran, but also how this gaze impacts how Iranians see themselves, especially in the realm of the creative arts.

Novelist Salar Abdoh relays how his adventures driving a Puegot 206 hatchback in and around Tehran were emblematic of a “split in the personality of the country . . . what makes Iran so difficult to describe to non-Iranians”; Tehran-based photographer and designer Karan Reshad offers images of markets and the country’s burgeoning graffiti scene, most notably the work of A1ONE; articles from the magazine Bidoun delve into Tehran’s largest housing complex, Iranian facial hair trends and the country’s underground heavy metal scene; Charlotte Noruzi’s personal stories about the effects of her childhood books that remain with her today, resulting in her exploration of the current state of publishing and illustration in Iran today.

Together, all of these parts form a whole, an intimate portrait that is insightful and visually diverse.

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Writers, photographers and artists reveal everyday life in contemporary Iran.

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Contemporary Iran is a complex place. The 1979 Revolution incited many changes, influencing how the country was perceived by its residents as well as by the rest of the world. Today, Iran serves as one of the pivot points for international economic and diplomatic policies because of its location, huge oil reserves and nuclear capabilities. These multifaceted issues can overshadow the lives of individuals doing nothing more than trying to live their lives. Urban Iran gives voice to these people living and working in Iran today. Through photographs of contemporary street culture by the artist Alone - from graffiti to marketplaces to the underground music scene - a portrait of what daily life looks like in some of Iran's larger cities emerges. Written contributions from writers like prominent Iranian novelist Salar Abdoh further the issues and ideas presented in the photographs, revealing an Iran that is as divorced from the American media gaze as it is inextricably linked.

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Grady Harp, February 7, 2009 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Living Inside and Outside Censorship

URBAN IRAN is yet another fine book on design and graphic art from Mark Batty Publishers. Some casual readers might view this well designed and edited survey of art as yet another aspect of the plentiful books on graffiti art, but for the reader who takes time to not only enjoy the richly colorful pages so generously offered here but to also read the fine essays, there is much to learn, appreciate and understand about Iran as a country cramped by years of censorship. The effects of harsh laws against self-expression are bound to be most obvious in the street graffiti, that universal sounding board for resentment and anger and fatigue over the establishment.

Photographers Karan Rashid and Sina Araghi have captured the vistas of the countryside and the cities (especially Tehran) both with and without art and with and without people. The results are richly personal - each photograph making a statement in visuals alone. The commentary that accompanies the images of street art (including a particularly sensitive introduction by Editor Buzz Poole) allows the reader to appreciate the daring strides made by street artists in a government so very closed. Chapters such as 'The 206' (a popular automobile in Iran) allows the reader a journey through the countryside, demonstrating the differences between the East and the West in commentary and in images; 'A1ONE' speaks volumes in graffiti images on the streets without words; PORTRAITS OF THE EVERY DAY utilizes excellent commentaries along with images of the people and the buildings to inform us of life as it continues to exist under constantly changing influences from the outside.

For this reader the last half of the book devoted to THE ART OF PUBLISHING is the most satisfying. After the necessary 'climate information' offered in the first half of the book, this section is a treasure house of colorful, imaginative art and design that stands as Iran's image to the world outside its borders. The art here is magnificent and the graphic design elements are some of the finest published in this series of Mark Batty books. It is here that all the peripheral clutter of a country surrounded by wars and factions is secondary to the words and images of the artists of Iran. It is a tender statement and one that needs wider exposure. Iran is rich in culture and history and art, and finally we have a book that brings this to our attention - today- when we need to see and hear it. Highly recommended on many levels.

Grady Harp
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ISBN:
9780979966613
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Mark Batty Publisher
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Mark Batty Publisher
Author:
Abdoh, Salar
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Ackley, Brian
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Araghi, Sina
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Noruzi, Charlotte
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Graphic Arts - General
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Techniques - General
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Art-Miscellaneous Techniques
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20081231
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
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English
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Y
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176
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10.00x7.90x.80 in. 1.54 lbs.

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