Noushin Ourmazd is an Iranian born photographer and artist who's photography examines how the social, political and cultural changes impact the lives of Iranian people, in particular women,
Zahra is only eight. Since she started school, she has not been allowed to play or talk with boys, and has started covering her hair. She held my hand and kindly asked whether she could play with the neighbour’s boy if I stayed with her.
Neighbour’s Boy He now lives alone with his mother, since the death of his father, in the downstairs basement; a single room. He yearns for time spent here upstairs at his neighbour’s home, where he adores the big sofa by the television. He knows he mustn’t touch anything. I hand him an apple and he sprints downstairs to consume his prize.
In Farsi, the word “Agha” represents man or gentleman, but is often used colloquially as a title of respect or honor. He has grown accustomed to this name after many years in a distinguished profession. Today, his children call him “Agha jan” at home. But at work, he is “Agha” no longer. At work, he is “Motory”, carrying passengers around town by motorbike, which he parks in his kitchen.
They went to school together, danced at each other’s weddings together and, because of their beliefs, lost their jobs together. They hold their hopes and their heads high together.
“Khastegi” means fatigue or tiredness. The three women work upstairs, cleaning the staircase, toilets and rooms for this rich family. The room in the basement is used as their sitting room, kitchen and sleeping area. Here they are resting for their break. They cover themselves whilst they rest.
Post revolution the social and economical changes have transformed Iran by force to a very unbalanced and confused society.
My Manzel series embodies the stories that are unknown and not at first apparent. I photographed Iranian men, women and children in their environments, where they are more relent. I am curious what lies behind their eyes, who they are and who they desire to be. I would like to acquire an awareness of Iranian families in their intimate surrounding, even though feeling more secure, but still with a trace of confusion in their eyes. Although tired but still hold their hopes and their heads high.
In my Photography I am interested in finding something invisible and hidden in us, the essence of human ability in adaptation for survival. My choice of subject comes from a place of intuition and is fuelled by a vigorous desire to partake in the stories that unfold in society. Some of my subject matter is about people's daily routines and their intimate environments.