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Bridal Portraits on Display

Bridal Portraits on DisplayBridal Portraits on Display

A photo exhibition by young photographer Mahboube Karamli titled ‘Happyville’ on the theme of Iranian brides is on view at Ag Gallery in Tehran.

The photos portray brides leaving a beauty salon in southwest Tehran before heading for their nuptials, Honaronline quoted the artist as saying.

“During the past two years, I have photographed not only many brides, but also the hairdressers, customers, the salon and the process of bridal make-up, but in the current exhibition only the brides leaving the salon are displayed,” Karamli said.

She said she would continue the photo project and put on show other pictures of the same series in future exhibitions.

Girls and women have always been the subject of her photography. “Wedding day is one of the most important days in a girl’s life and the bridal dress they select to wear seemed interesting to me,” she noted.

What an Iranian bride wears at the marriage ceremony is quite different from what she dons in public -at the time when she leaves the salon till the time she gets to the venue of the wedding - as she needs to observe the Islamic dress code. “I tried to capture the exact moment of a bride stepping out of the salon, which is indeed challenging.”

After participating in 14 group exhibitions in Iran, Kuwait, France, the UK and the US, the artist is holding her first solo exhibition.

Karamli, 30, holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Faculty of Art and Architecture of Islamic Azad University, Tehran Branch. Since 2009, she has been teaching photography at several high schools and institutions.

Her works have been displayed in art fairs and biennales in Paris and Tehran.

The photos are on display until May 4 at the gallery located on No. 3,Pesyan St., Valiasr St.