Iran Monuments.

Photographs by Oliver Hartung.
Spector Books, Leipzig, Germany, 2016. 240 pp., 350 color illustrations, 9¼x11¾".

Publisher's Description

Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has developed its own image culture in public spaces that serve primarily as transit zones and platforms for the projection of state-sanctioned religious ideology. Between 2011 and 2014, German artist Oliver Hartung, former freelance photographer for the New York Times, produced a body of work on Iran comprised of images which, upon first glance, depict colorful street paraphernalia, posters, graffiti, murals, monuments, and war cemeteries, but upon a closer inspection reveal a much deeper psychology engineered to bolster the myth of the Islamic Republic. In this unique view of the Middle East—often lost amid images of war and conflict—Hartung has created a portrait of a country still largely unknown to the West. Part of a long-term project exploring the contemporary cultures of the Middle East, Hartung’s thoughtful monograph is packed with over 300 color images. Hartung’s last publication with Spector was Syria Al-Assad.

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