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Half-Light.

Photographs by Shahrzad Darafsheh.
Gnomic Editions, 2018. In Farsi & English. 80 pp., 39 illustrations, 6½x9x½".



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Edition Limited to 300 copies.

Shahrzad Darafsheh is a 36-year-old artist battling cancer in Tehran. This complex book is a window into her life and experience.

Half-Light book operates on several levels; as a chronicle of her journey through a sickness, an object made of various materials of different opacities evoking the fragility of skin, obscuring and revealing life’s scars. As an experiment in storytelling—when read in Farsi, from right to left, the result is very different from that which an English reader will experience: it is a bilingual project that provides a view into life in a country which many of us have no knowledge of, or visibility into.

Shahrzad Darafsheh (b. Tehran, Iran, 1982) received her BA (2007) in Photography from the Art and Architecture Faculty of Azad University of Tehran, and her Diploma (2011) of Film editing and Visual Manipulation from Tehran Institute of Technology (MFT). She has edited several documentary movies, and has taught photography as a professor at MFT (2010–2015).

Darafsheh’s photographs have been published in Saffron Tales by Yasmin Khan, Bloomsbury Publications, UK (2016). Her video work has also  been published in Analyzing While Waiting : Contemporary art in Tehran, Switzerland (2007).


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