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Photo Exhibition in Iran Depicts Sufferings of Iraqi Kurdish Refugees

A photo exhibition is underway in Tehran, portraying the sufferings of refugees and the migration of Iraqi Kurds during the rule of former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.

The event, which opened at Nabshi Centre art gallery on August 2, 2019, showcases works by renowned Iranian photojournalist Mohammad Sayyad Sabour whose professional career spans five decades.

More than a hundred pictures are on display at the event. They were all taken between 1988 and 1991.

Sabour is a veteran photojournalist in Iran who was born in northern Anzali Port in 1947. He joined the Journalists’ Club in 1969 and began his professional career. He began his cooperation with Associated Press in 1978 on threshold of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. At the time, he was simultaneously working for the Ayandegn newspaper.

He would keep going to the frontline to take photos and send them to the AP news agency after the eight-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran started in 1980.

Photos of the Islamic Revolution era as well as the war taken by him have also been published in different books. In 1980, he received the Middle East’s Best Photograph Award for having shot photos related to the failure of American troops in Operation Eagle Claw (also known as Operation Tabas) in Iran in 1980.

The exhibition portrays moments in history closely intertwined with political, social, cultural and ethnic concepts. The photos illustrate war, revolution, political conflicts and their impact on individual and collective life.

The event runs until August 30, 2019.

The following are images of the exhibition courtesy of Fars News Agency and Honar Online.

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