Since 1979, Iran has been an Islamic Republic, when the mass movement against the rule of the Shah turned into the only religious revolution of modern times. The Islamic Republic is a country of contradictions where people seem to always find a way to bypass laws. Alcohol is prohibited but finding it is not difficult. The hijab is mandatory for all women, still many Iranians wear it in the most discreet and almost invisible ways. Satellite is not allowed but every balcony seems to have one. Music is censored yet everyone seems to be listening to Iranian artists living abroad. Homosexuality is illegal, yet I have never been approached more often by men. In this Islamic Republic mosque attendance is one of the lowest in any Muslim country and finding someone calling himself an atheist is not difficult.
Photography and Words. Marco Barbieri