Vice on an Iranian Wedding

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Vice magazine has a freaky photo essay of an Iranian wedding, shot two years ago by sister-of-the-bride Sanna Sjöswärd. One of the photos is above. Sjöswärd was born in Iran, placed in an orphanage by her parents, and adopted by Swedes when she was four. She just came out with a book called “Roots” that is about going back to Iran to find her biological family. I haven’t seen it, but I want to.

Most people have seen photos of lavish Iranian weddings. Striking about this wedding album, though, is that the people are very poor and very religious. There’s a grotesque quality about the pictures – maybe it’s the garish makeup. The spellings of some of the names are a little off: “Sedighre,” “Mehti”?

If you’ve looked at Vice (not safe for work) before, you know their deal is seedy = hip. Their print issues are free (at least, they were when I read them in college) but it just gets a little exhausting after a while to look at, it’s so hipstery and disengaged. Still, an interesting representation of Iranian life here. What do you make of these photos?

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why does vice’s site have planes bombing iran?

WTF ?? I think everyone reads vice for a year or two and then gets over it. The pics were interesting.

[...] Sepideh Saremi wrote a fantastic post today on “Vice on an Iranian Wedding”Here’s ONLY a quick extractVice magazine has a freaky photo essay of an Iranian wedding, shot two years ago by sister-of-the-bride Sanna Sjöswärd. One of the photos is above. Sjöswärd was born in Iran, placed in an orphanage by her parents, and adopted by Swedes … [...]

The comments to her story are amazing. Most Iranian visitors to that site are clearly embarrassed by the fact that Iran “IS” a third world country. They think by showing the northern part of Tehran and denying reality of life in Iran somehow they can keep the “aaberoo” for their homeland.
I loved the photographs. Finally someone showed part of the truth, part of the real life of an average Iranian.

It seems that Vice tries too hard, or at least its readers seem to try very hard [to be cool].

To me the “grotesque” of the photos are a reminder of the same in the photos in Irangeles. The huge difference is that Sjosward betrays a level of compassion and warmth that I found absent in Ron Kelley’s encounters.

 

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