27 May 2018


In the early 2000’s I used to write screenplays and make storyboards of the way I was planning to shoot my films. All of those ideas were somehow profoundly influenced by the Iranian new wave (post-1960’s cinema). Naturally, with my obsession with history of cinema, soon I realised that I am not that kind of a filmmaker and this is not a cinema I wanted to pursue. What I wanted to do was utterly alien to the system of Iranian cinema and the country I used to live. Nevertheless, the fossils and traces of those ideas are still in my archives in the form of photographs and paper.

These seven photographs are from a never-finished film entitled “Fiver”. I wanted to shoot the movie in the working-class part of Grand Bazaar, Tehran with my friends. Photographs: Nikon FM2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and Kodak Professional TMaxP3200.