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LAST CHANCE Yahya Dehghanpour: Ode to Spring
Yahya Dehghanpour has chosen a set of photographs to offer a simple paean to spring. Most of these images are the result of his exploration of the everyday life in mountainsides of Tehran, namely Emamzadeh Davoud, Darakeh, Darband and Farahzad, areas that remain popular for trekking, picnicking, and (in case of Emamzadeh Davoud) pilgrimage. These photographs were taken in the early 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war was in full swing; they represent the straightforward recording of people’s tastes and habits, reminiscent of simpler and happier times.
The artist’s quick wit and playfulness are evident in this set of works, as is his relentless striving to observe and record, and to remain true to the nature of documentary photography. AAt a difficult time in our history this exhibition is about simplicity, honesty, hope – and the promise of spring.