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Zandi’s 16 Years of Special Photography in New Book

It took her 16 years to capture the photos of the book as she tried to take portraits of all classic and traditional musicians including renowned artists Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Kayhan Kalhor, Lily Afshar, Houshyar Khayya
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Leading photographer Maryam Zandi says she was too enthusiastic about taking a portrait of late Iranian singer Mohammad Nouri for her ‘Portraits’ projects, but never managed to do so.

Zandi made the remarks in a talk with ISNA on Tuesday. She was commenting on her latest portraits book ‘Portraits 5, a Portfolio of Iranian Musicians’ which is to be unveiled in a ceremony on December 22 at e1 Art Gallery in Tehran where a selection of her photos will also be on display.

“It took me 16 years to capture the photos of the book. I tried to take portraits of all classical and traditional musicians. Pop artist or folk musicians are not included in the book,” Zandi said.

When asked whose portrait she would want to have included in her book, she replied, “for this project I tried to take Mohammad Nouri’s photo a few times, but did not succeed because he wasn’t feeling very well (due to old age).”

Nouri (1929-2010) was one of the foremost folk and pop singers in Iran. His notable works include ‘Jaan-e Maryam’ and ‘Gol-e Maryam’.

She also said Portraits 5 would be her last edition of the series. The 300-page photo book depicts portraits of 117 contemporary Iranian musicians.

The exhibition will display 24 photos (from the book) including portraits of renowned artists Mohammadreza Darvishi, Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Kayhan Kalhor, Lily Afshar, Houshyar Khayyam, Homayoun Shajarian and Peyman Yazdanian among others.

Zandi’s four previous books of ‘Portraits’ covered Iranian contemporary painters, contemporary film and theater artists as well as contemporary literature (2 volumes).

The upcoming photo exhibit will run through December 29 at e1 Art Gallery located in No. 1, Hamid Dead-end, Lesani Alley, Jebheh St., Mahdieh St., Elahiyeh neighborhood.

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