Shenasnameh

“Shorlisted for the Prix du Livre 2016” at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles.
” Shortlisted for The 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards Shortlist”
”Selected by TIME as one of the Best Photobooks of the Year 2016”
”One of the 17 Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016 According to Humble Arts Foundation.”
“Winner of Flipm Photobook Award 2016 “
”Selected by Carolyn Drake & Yumi Goto in their best books lists for Photo Eye”
”Selected by Gabriela Cendoya, Laura El-Tantawy, Thomas Wiegand &10×10 Photobooks Team in their best book lists for PhotobookStore”

Reviews

FOAM Magazine (NE)
Photo Eye (EN)
Collector Daily (EN)
Kassel Foto Buch (GE)
Gabriela Cendoya (SP)
Laura El Tantawy / PHMuseum (EN)

I am Iranian. I was born in 1980, just after the Iranian Revolution. I learned how to wear my scarf when I was seven years old. I still remember putting it on for the first time, getting ready for my first day at school. It was me, my mother and a mirror. Two years later my Religious teacher stopped me in the corridor for letting my hair show. She told me to cover my hair completely. She said “When you die, Amak, you will go to hell and you will be hanged with your hair strand over a very big fire for all eternity because you didn’t hide it from the eyes of strangers in your lifetime”

Six years ago, I was waiting in a reception room, holding the birth certificates of my mother and me. We looked similar in our ID photographs. That same day my fingerprint was fixed next to my image, and my mother’s fingerprint next to her image. Despite the outward similarity of the images the fingerprints were different; the scar I had on my finger became part of my identity next to my photograph. I decided this meant something, that our identities were entwined with these official identities, with these prints and these papers. In the following three years, I collected similar images and fingerprints from different women in Iran. Each was different from the other, and had a story to tell.

Photographs: Amak Mahmoodian
Editing: Amak Mahmoodian & Alejandro Acin
Design: Alejandro Acin
Text: Amak Mahmoodian & Colin Pantall
Production: Hurtwood Press
120pp 100×136 mm
Edition of 300 copies
50 limited edition and signed prints.
© ICVL Studio / RRB Publishing. May 2016

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