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Iranian Windcatchers on Show in Kuwait

Iranian Windcatchers on Show in KuwaitIranian Windcatchers on Show in Kuwait

A collection of thirty photos of Yazd windcatchers by Afshin Bakhtiar were exhibited in Kuwait from February 16 to 21.

The event was held by the cultural center of Iranian embassy in Kuwait in collaboration with Iran Photo Agency (APA) and Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS), Mehr News agency reported.

The exhibition was warmly received by Kuwaiti visitors, infatuated with the beauty and magnificence of Iranian Islamic architecture. Dozens of art and architecture experts and enthusiasts in Kuwait attended the event.

Born in 1950, Afshin Bakhtiar is an Iranian photographer, who studied industrial engineering in Iran University of Science and Technology, but has been involved in photography for over 45 years.  His passion is Iran’s cultural heritage, nature, art and architecture, ancient structures, and people.

His collection of around 65 photo is a tribute to Iranian history and culture. Bakhtiar also works closely with Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) as architectural photographer.

Afshin Bakhtiar has been granted number one license of art by the ministry of culture.

A windcatcher is a traditional Persian architectural structure, designed  to produce natural ventilation in buildings. They come in various designs: uni-directional, bi-directional, and multi-directional. Windcatchers remain present in many countries and can be found in traditional Persian-influenced architecture throughout the Middle East, including in the small Arab states of the Persian Gulf (mostly Bahrain and Dubai), Pakistan and Afghanistan.