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Being a female photographer in Iran, is it safe?

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1. Posted by pepsoid (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

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I have wanted to travel to Iran for ages and experience the culture, countryside and see the reality behind the propaganda. I've been offered the chance to be part of a 10 day art residency, staying with a friend's Iranian family in Shiraz. It's in October, and my baby should be roughly 4 months old by then and staying with its Dad. Will I have to have lots of injections? Plus I read about a female lawyers experiences, and she mentioned a female photographer who was badly beaten in 2003 for photographing near a womens prison. She died of her injuries. I really don't want to offend anyone, and I know how untruthfully the western media can portray a country and want to help dispel some of the propaganda, but am I putting my life in danger by going? Thank you for any advice you can offer me.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Iran is safe. but ofcourse you should ask permission before you photograph someone. and i think you should avoid photographing politically sensitive objects (and you are not a journalist so why would you). Iranians are very friendly and decent people, no worries;).

3. Posted by pepsoid (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Thank you for your reply. What do you mean exactly by politically sensitive objects, I don't want to make a mistake and photograph one by accident?

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

i can imagine it is not very wise to photograph a military base, airport etc. Probably nothing will happen if you do so, but if you want to be extra careful than don't do it.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 20, 2008, at 12:06 PM by wouterrr ]

5. Posted by pepsoid (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Ah, I see what you mean. Airports, military bases I will naturally avoid photographing. It was whether there was something I may not realise as a visitor I shouldn't photograph. For example the lady who photographed outside a women's prison, how would I know I'm not just photographing an interesting looking building? I presume there would be no signs in english.

6. Posted by Noosha.sl (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

wow...its good to see some one from europe has a good point of viwe of iran....great!

7. Posted by Noosha.sl (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

dont worry...im an iranian girl and I live in Iran...I live in Esfahan...if u come to Esfahan and need help let me know!Maybe i can help u...

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Quoting asal

wow...its good to see some one from europe has a good point of viwe of iran....great!

I dont like your government but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Iranians. I felt really welcome in Iran.

9. Posted by pepsoid (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Thank you Asal, I think one of the places is Esfahan. I like your photographs, the bridge looks stunning. I have so much respect for other countries having different ways of doing things, our ways in the west aren't always the best. I think because I'm a very open, friendly person, I was worried after some reading that I might offend and provoke sharia law by talking to men? I'm the sort of person who will help anyone and talk to anyone, but wasn't sure if this might cause problems in Iran. For example, if I got lost, and I found a taxi with just a male driver, am I allowed to travel alone with him?

10. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Whoa, don't be so open minded that your brain falls out.

Iran is still brutal theocracy and you're taking your life into your hands if you take pictures in the wrong places.

The photographer was Zahra Kazemi.

In 2003, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist was brutally raped, tortured then murdered while in the custody of Iranian police.

It doesn't matter how decent average Iranians are, the vice police are not. They are actually quite hypocritical (Tehran's police chief caught nude with 6 women) and can make your life very difficult should they so choose. Before you comment, I have 2 profs who are from Iran and they are very nice and always willing to help if you need it.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 27, 2008, at 9:56 PM by fuzzypuppy ]