When you hear the word Persia, you probably think of elaborate rugs, gold, music, and furry little cats.
When you hear Iran, you probably think of Nuclear Bombs, the hostage crisis, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and probably confuse it with Iraq.
Whilst in reality, both are one and the same…
We’ve been conditioned by the scholastic system to refer to Iran as Persia, and hear of the splendors of the old empire, while being bombarded by the mass media with images of Iran’s nuclear program, clerical leaders, and human rights violations.
I hope that this page will give you a glimpse of what Iran truly is: as complicated as any other nation, holding the beauty and splendor of vastly different landscapes, submerged in an admixed culture of the liberal West and the ancient East, and entangled in the struggle of two very different Iranian generations.
(photos taken personally by me and from the gallery of Ali Majdfar)