Breathing Space Iranian Women Photographers

Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh

A magnificently illustrated book showcasing the work of twenty-three contemporary women photographers from Iran.

Breathing Space showcases the work of twenty-three women photographers from Iran and their diverse approaches to their craft. Exploring a range of photographic styles and genres, they record the past and present upheavals of their homeland as well as tackling subjects such as the nature of memory, the tension between tradition and modernity, and the scars of conflict and loss. Whether documentary or conceptual, these images have global resonance and speak of the power of women to shape the world.

Featuring the work of:

Nazli Abbaspour

Hoda Afshar

Atoosa Alebouyeh

Hoda Amin

Mina Boromand

Solmaz Daryani

Gohar Dashti

Maryam Firuzi

Shadi Ghadirian

Hengameh Golestan

Ghazaleh Hedayat

Rana Javadi

Mahboube Karamli

Gelareh Kiazand

Yalda Moaiery

Sahar Mokhtari

Tahmineh Monzavi

Pargol E. Naloo

Malekeh Nayiny

Mahshid Noshirvani

Ghazaleh Rezaei

Maryam Takhtkeshian

Newsha Tavakolian


The poetry that lies at the heart of Iranian culture comes alive in this transfixing portrait of a society in upheaval… From the chillingly familiar pictures of the 1979 Iranian Revolution to the boundary-pushing art of the present, the artists featured here reveal photography as a form of protest that gains power from its diversity and ability to both depict an often-impermeable society and envision a new version. This is excellent.

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh


Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh is the founder of Silk Road Gallery in Tehran, Iran's first gallery dedicated to contemporary photography.