Interview – Elles Paris photo with the Fisheye Magazine
“A Middle Eastern woman has to break countless barriers to become an artist.”
You first studied cinema, what brought you to photography?
Becoming a photographer was the last thing on my mind. Though I had to develop and expose photos for my student projects, my main practice at the university was writing and filmmaking. The idea of my first photo series, Reading for Tehran Streets, came to my mind when I was working on my thesis Self-reflexivity in Cinema. I was then fascinated by self-reflexive theory as a narration device to convey ideas. Based on this, I started to develop them in a series of eight photos, and during a year I shot them separately. It was like making eight short films – each in one frame. Since then, I have become deeply interested and dedicated to conceptual art and staged photography.
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