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In the early 1960s, due to a series of vast social and economic reforms in Iran, came forth a generation of women who had their own demands and discourses regarding the modern society’s norms. The fields that would not traditionally allow women, would now welcome hundreds of qualified females. If formerly, only a few female figures were found in the history of Iran, now we witness the rise of a generation of pioneers who will play an important role in the future of women’s social life.

“Green-Blue then Grey” is a portrait collection of pioneer women; women who have imagined a point beyond the edge of limit. It’s a visual exploration of the mutual experiences of defiant women, all in the same historical and cultural scope. A collection of distinguished, contemporary, living female figures, belonging to the generation of women born in the 40s and 50s. In other words, the specific age group that have had the privilege of modern education and would later play a crucial role in the social life of Iranian women; a social life that undergoes major historical ups and downs.


Photograph: Ashkan Noroozkhani started photography first when he attended the photography workshops of “Association of Young Filmmakers”. He then continued his education in Photography and Cinematography in Paris while experiencing working with numerous photographers and artists in Europe. His main activity in photography is based on Portrait Photography while focusing on the relation between human and space.


Texte: Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher and an activist in defense of human rights and women’s liberation.In 1982 she was forced to leave Iran due to political oppression and has since lived in France France where she completed her studies in sociology and for her doctorate dissertation received the prestigious Le Monde Award in Academic Research. Chahla’s writings both in Persian language and French, include essays, short stories, and novels. In 2017, for all her activities, she received the awards of “Chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur”.


Photos by Ashkan Noroozkhani

Preface by Chahla Chafiq

120 Pages

26cm x 21.5cm

700 gr

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0.7 kg