7th September 2008 – 22nd November 2008

'Iran: Sisters in Chanel and Chador' by Newsha Tavakolian

'Iran: Sisters in Chanel and Chador' by Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian’s vibrant images document the changing role of women in Iran. On display for the first time in the UK as part of the Tees Valley Museums’ Photography Festival, this Wideyed touring exhibition shows facets of Iranian life that rarely appear in our media.


Newsha Tavakolian, 27, has been a working photographer since the age of 16. Her work has been widely published internationally and in 2007 she was a finalist for the Inge Morath Award.

Newsha discovered photography while on a course at the age of sixteen. ‘Until then, I wanted to be a singer,’ she admits. One day, somebody told her that she could be a photojournalist. ‘For a month, I went to the newspaper everyday to ask for a job until eventually they gave me one. I was the new telephonist…Months later, they told me that I’d done very well but that my voice was too young. From that moment, I worked as the newspaper’s photographer.’

For further information about hosting this touring exhibition, please download the exhibition information pdf