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Brian Arnold’s Favorite Book from 2021

Speak the Wind by Hoda Afshar.   Published by MACK.

There have been several fantastic photobooks published about Iran in the last couple of years — one of them is this incredible book by Hoda Afshar – that lead me to believe that there is a rich and complicated photographic history there and worth much more attention. This book works as an informative documentary about Iranian people caught in the Strait of Hormuz, and as a harsh, gorgeous, poetic rendering of an unforgiving landscape. Speak the Wind also functions as a great example of book design, with interesting and original strategies for layering narratives.


Brian Arnold is a photographer, writer, and translator based in Ithaca, NY. He has taught and exhibited his work around the world and published books with Oxford University Press, Cornell University, and Afterhours Books. Brian is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and in 2014 received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation/American Institute for Indonesian Studies.