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Intimate Glimpses of Ordinary Life in Iran

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This month marks the fortieth anniversary of the student protests that precipitated the Iranian Revolution.

In the years after Ayatollah Khomeini took power in 1979 and declared an Islamic Republic, the country became America’s central nemesis in the Middle East, accused of funding terrorism and building a nuclear weapons program.

The country has been in the news again recently because of widespread street protests against the regime, raising the possibility of another revolution.

In an attempt to go behind the headlines, Italian photographer Simone Tramonte traveled through Iran last summer to capture images of ordinary life in the Islamic country.

“I wanted to tell the daily life of contemporary Iran, led by the new moderate president, Hassan Rouhani,” he says.

“I’ve always been interested in the ‘closed countries,’ and having the opportunity to be there with the locals allows you to see things in a very different way.”

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