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Beautiful portraits of Afro-Iranians – An unknown minority (gallery)

The photographic series of German-born Iranian Mahdi Ehsaei shows a side of Iran, which is unknown by even Iranians. A trip to a place which is inhabited and dominated by the descendants of enslaved people and traders from Africa.

The Hormozgan province in the Persian Gulf is a traditional and historical region with a diverse and unexplored population. It is framed with unique landscapes and people with profound personalities. Iranians, who still have African blood in them and continue their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their oral traditions and rituals.

The resulting portraits reveal new facets and unfamiliar faces, which are not typical for the common picture of Iran. They show details documenting the centuries-long history of this ethnic minority. A confrontation between the Persian culture and the, for Iran unusual, African consciousness.

A surprisingly new experience for the viewer, which shows the current presence of Afro-Iranians in Iran.

If you would like to see more from of the Afro-Iran images please visit the project page here or click below to pre-order the book now:

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  1. “Unknown minority”!!! Do we need to sift through bloodlines and races to create friction within societies and between them? Just because the reporter never saw a black iranian in his/her life, doesn’t not mean no one else is a ware of them or they are unknown. Its more about the reporter’s ignorance of the Islam’s history and social structure than a anything else. Its a prelude for criminal extremists to crack open a blood flood in the name of minority rights. I can see the headlines “XYZ calls for Black Iranian rights to be recognised.” That’s a demeaning piece of work at the verge of being racist.

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