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Iran Photos at Albertina Museum in Vienna

Alfred Seiland’s Iranian series at the exhibit
Alfred Seiland’s Iranian series at the exhibit

Albertina Museum of Vienna is devoting a retrospective presentation to photographer Alfred Seiland, one of Austria’s first artistic photographers to work exclusively in color.

The exhibit, which will continue until October 7, features five series of works, consisting of around 80 photos. One of the series depicts present-day Iran, Mehr News Agency reported.

Seiland, 66, took photos for his Iran collection during his trip to Iran last year. This is the first time the collection that includes historic locations is being shown to the public.

One of the photos in the series shows Arg-e Bam, located in Bam, a city in Kerman Province. Arg-e Bam was once the largest adobe building in the world but was almost entirely razed to the ground by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in 2003, which killed around 32,000 people. It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site “Bam and its Cultural Landscape”.

In his photos, Seiland deals with cultural landscapes. “Seiland’s oeuvre revolves around his interests in various cultural spheres ranging from the East to the West Coast of the US and on to the former territory of ancient Rome, to Austria, and to present-day Iran,” wrote.

The territory of ancient Rome is the focus of Imperium Romanum, one of the five series presented in the current exhibit, which sheds light on tensions between antiquity and the modern era.

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