In 1978 and 1979, Iran was the scene of a bloody revolution. The protesters overturned the decadent monarchy of the Shah and Iran became “The Islamic Republic of Iran”. Thirty years onwards, in June 2009, there were waves of massive public demonstrations during the controversial presidential elections, officially won by conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A year earlier, in August 2008, Iranian photojournalist Kaveh Rostamkhani photographed what he refers to as Iran’s “Islamic Public”: Islamic Shiite culture, quite central in current Iranian society.
All pictures were taken in Qom, the religious center of Iran, except for the last shot which is from Zanjan, the capital of the Zanjan province located between Tehran and Tabriz.