Photographs by Shirana Shahbazi.
Fotomuseum Winterthur / Steidl, 2011. 160 pp., 100 color illustrations, 8¾x11".
“Photography is always suspended between authenticity, construction and selection … a balancing act that is, to me,
its quintessential justification as an artistic medium” Shirana Shahbazi
Shirana Shahbazi adopts different approaches to photography in her work and explores genres as varied as the vanitas
still-life, portraiture, landscape and colour abstraction. Shahbazi is just as mobile in her choice of media, for example
commissioning carpet makers in her native Iran and billboard painters to copy her images. Often employing the slick
look of commercial photography, Shahbazi’s images are bright and accessible, yet at heart dispassionate and sceptical.