PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography played a significant role in Neiriz’ early years and lead to several exhibitions: e.g. at the “Goethe-Institut“ in Tehran in December 1978 during the Iranian Revolution which showcased his sociocritical photographs taken in Iran before the revolution, one in 1979 at the “Deutsch-Französische Gesellschaft“ in Berlin, titled “Tableaux Parisiens“ which presented his street and architectural photographs taken in Paris. 

 

The Tehran exhibition included coloured and black and white photographs. One of this coloured works symbolizes the theme of the Revolution, the symbol being an orb with flowers enclosed inside it and bearing on its outer surface the slogan “Allahu Akbar“ (God is Great), often repeated by the demonstrators during popular marches – the flowers representing beauty, and the name of God embodying elemental purity – the artist hoping that the twin ideals of purity and beauty should eventually emerge as the lasting guidelines for all human behaviour.

 

Neiriz’ photography exhibitions in Tehran were well attended and soon he was hailed as: “the mystic Hamid is a thoughtful artist of the Revolution". Dr. Javad Mojabi describes Neiriz as a: "thinking artist, equipped with an aesthetic eye and intellectual approach to photography. He encourages his audience to explore behind the decorative veneer of his themes, uncovering deeper, innate aspects of objects as metaphors, so that content or conflict becomes visible. His photographs, in particular, his pioneering staged portraits, reveal a wealth of symbolism, often connected to religion and mysticism"

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Portrait, 1972

40 x 30 cm