Photo Essay

A Private Rebellion

During the summer of 2007 I traveled back to my hometown in Iran for, where I photographed my high school. Al-Zahra high school is located in Northern Iran in the state of Mazandaran. It is one of the largest girls high schools in Mazandaran where hundreds of students enroll every year. As teenagers they struggle with problems such as dealing with boys and falling in love. However in a society bound by traditional and religious rules, relationships and crushes are mostly kept as secrets. These old wooden desks serve as diaries that have layers and layers of names and poems carved on them, by girls who have sat on them each year. What follows are images and translations of words carved on these desks.

14 responses

  • Brian Basi

    Brian Basi (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2009):

    Wow... this is a great perspective!!!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (22 May 2009):

    This is really an excellent pick for a story to tell.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    Awesome story. I loved the concept since I saw it in the magazine.

  • Alistair Keddie

    Alistair Keddie (Deleted) said (27 Jun 2009):

    Nice work and a cool idea. Recently read Persepolis and was very impressed by its depiction of female rebellion in Iran.

  • Ali Jalali

    Ali Jalali gave props (24 Jul 2009):

    بسیار شاعرانه

  • Michael Johnson

    Michael Johnson gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    everyone of these images are great in every aspect of the word

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    impressing, wonderful and interesting series. great memory for me, too, as we had those chairs in some old classrooms of my school, too.

  • Mahmood Al-Yousif

    Mahmood Al-Yousif gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    fascinating story, many thanks for sharing it.

  • Pilar Flores

    Pilar Flores said (28 Sep 2009):

    This is a great story!

  • A. Selman Nur

    A. Selman Nur (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    clever idea!

  • Ahmad Muswanto

    Ahmad Muswanto gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    i said wow

  • Andrei Nica

    Andrei Nica gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    thank you for your story :)

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (31 Jan 2010):

    Compelling story; fine photos.

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    great series

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