Photo Essay: Tehran Grand Bazaar
by KHASHAYAR ZANDYAVARI
24 Jul 2010 22:21
Tehran Grand Bazaar, 2008.
It's hot and the bazaar is packed. It's impossible to take a step without rubbing up against someone. As I make my way, gazing at the skylights, I lock eyes with those who won't look away. I'm carrying a camera. As far as they're concerned, I'm here to take photographs of them. Such strange stares.
I have to see all of the bazaar today. Every bit of it. From the carpet stalls to the rice sellers. From the Imam Mosque to the Tomb of Lotf Ali Khan Zand. I rejoice that the bazaar abides, that we can behold such relics from the age of the Safavids. Tehran's Grand Bazaar is the largest of its kind in the world. Sadly, it has fallen into disrepair. Its rare beauty is being allowed to slowly fade away.
*Some of the images have been cropped to fit our slide show format.
Photos and text by Khashayar ZandYavari
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