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Iran’s Coming Of Age

Photo of Sohrab Arabi was taken on the day that he was to disappear.

Photo of Sohrab Arabi was taken on the day that he was to disappear.

On 16 February 2010 – the week of the anniversary of the revolution of 1979, marked by a huge official demonstration in Tehran – an anonymous video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan on 20 June 2009 was given the prestigious Polk award. John Darnton, curator of the Polk awards described this record of the shooting of an innocent young student passer-by as the “iconic image of the Iranian resistance”. He added: “This award celebrates the fact that, in today’s world, a brave bystander with a cellphone camera can use video-sharing and social-networking sites to deliver news.”

A few days earlier, the award for the World Press Photo of 2009 was given to an intimate photograph taken (by Pietro Masturzo) on one of the heated nights that following the election, when residents of Tehran would climb to their rooftops and voice their dissent in cries of Allah-o-Akbar.… Read the rest

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