Shahin Moghadam

Iranian nude photographer based in Tehran

poems & images by Shahin

I am Shahin. I was born in Tehran, Iran. I am a poet but I am a photographer first of all. I have started taking photos since 2013; and people were in the center of my attention from the beginning.

I chose portrait style as my favorite one. I also tried to put my perspective on the inside of humans. This was the beginning of a very good event in my photography. Following the famous photographers around the world in nude style made me more familiar with this style. I took my first nude photo from a woman’s waist, then I felt something different from imagining a subject.

In fact, nude photography and showing the body of a woman in Iran is taboo and actually an action in contradiction to Iranian culture. This kind of photography for me is in fact a struggle for art and beauty. The first problem in Iran is to find someone who is willing to cooperate, and the next problem is the location and the right place for this photography. At the end, posting these types of photos is illegal and contrary to culture and morality.

In other words, nude photography for me is a kind of discovery and portrayal of human beings. Shadows and lights are a kind of feeling which makes me calm, and I can illustrate the truth of a body with their help. Finally, nudity is not a kind of photography for me. It is a lifestyle with which I can express my point of view.


    We are honored to be publishing another artist from Iran, as we can only imagine how hard – impossible? – it can be to publish even those soft, poetic implied nudes in his own country.


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