About the Photographer
Iranian, b. 1980
Since 1997, Chicago-based photojournalist Hossein Fatemi has traveled throughout the Middle East, covering global social issues and current affairs. His series "An Iranian Journey" documents the daily life of youth in Fatemi’s homeland of Iran, presenting an alternative picture of a country that has been demonized, sanctioned, and isolated for over thirty years by the West.
"An Iranian Journey" dispels clichés and stereotypes, revealing the pronounced divide between public and private spheres in contemporary Iran. The Islamic government’s vision of society is manifestly at odds with the lived realities of its secular majority of citizens, especially women. Daily, millions of young women engage in activities that are officially illegal in the Islamic Republic, shrugging off the paternalistic laws of the Mullahs. For over 15 years, Fatemi has documented the complexities of contemporary Iranian society from the inside, photographing hundreds of individuals who allow him into their private lives, where religious legislation and custom hold little sway.
Hossein Fatemi is a photojournalist who has been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian and The Washington Post, among others. He lives and works in Chicago, IL.