Senses Cultural’s upcoming exhibition, Enduring Power: Middle Eastern and Iranian Women’s Story, will open on Oct 15th at the UC Davis Alumni Center. Photographer Hamideh Zolfaghari is a talented and vital contributor to this exhibition. A preview of her work can be seen as the featured image for the Enduring Power digital poster, seen here and through social media.
As Hamideh beautifully states, “I wish my pictures to be a testament to the heroism, frustrations, joys, and sorrows of the forgotten”.
Her contributions to Enduring Power do exactly that. Born and raised in Tehran, Hamideh traveled to California to earn a degree in Creative Photography from San Jose State University. After graduating she spent several years working in San Francisco, but returned to Iran to continue her career. In 1989, she participated in the Exhibition in the Museum of Modern Arts in Tehran, an annual event, and won first prize for photography. This was the first of many showings for Hamideh, including solo and group showings in galleries across France, England, Switzerland and California. In 1999, she began to work as a photographer for UNICEF. She has won numerous awards for her work and enjoyed great success over the last 25 years.
As a female photographer in Iran, she “has fought to tell the stories of many that could not express it themselves”. Her work highlights the extreme contrasts between men and women in the Iranian culture, and draws a link between “the nomadic tribes in Iran and the modern life in Tehran”. For Hamideh, photography allows her to express the influence the world has on her and the influence she wants to have on the world. She believes photography as a medium is a tangible reminder that we must understand each other – that we need each other as human beings.
Her travels through Iran’s modern and her understanding of nomadic cultures bring a great depth to her work, and illustrates the beauty of all aspects of life. As a woman, she readily acknowledges that participating in Enduring Power: Middle Eastern and Iranian Women’s Story allows her to highlight the secret and hidden stories of women, which are often forgotten.
Visit http://www.hamidehz.com for more information on Hamideh Zolfarghari.