Tehran by night

This article is part of the series Night

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The streets of Tehran, a city populated by around 8.5 million, are often empty and lonely at night. This body of work was put together to portray a capital at sleep, moving between illusion and reality. All photos in the series were made using the existing light in the streets between 11 pm and 2 am.

In the central bazaar of Tehran, located in the southern parts of the city. It is also close to Darvaze Ghar, a place known for the circulation of drugs – at night, rarely anyone can be seen in the area.

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Two students in the back of a private pickup, returning home after a theatre rehearsal in northern Tehran.

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Bame Tehran (literally, “the rooftop of Tehran”) is located in Tajrish, in the very north of the city. At night, the area is popular among young people enjoying the views and local food.

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During a car drive with friends at night, in the north of Tehran.

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A girl on her way home on a bus on Valiasr Street.

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Street food on sale after the regular shops have closed for the day.

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Lalezar Street, host to many old and now closed cinemas, was an important place for Iranian and foreign film lovers before the 1979 revolution.

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In Tehran’s central bazaar, part of the old city centre which is one of the busiest places during the day where almost everything is traded at reasonable prices.

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On Jomhouri Street, close to the Saadi metro station.

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On the same street.

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A man selling masks and illuminated toys at Valiasr Street, Tehran’s oldest thoroughfare which divides the city into its eastern and western parts.

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An apartment in the south of Tehran, close to the Imam Khomeini Square. Tehran’s southern parts are among the city’s poorest.

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