Jassem Ghazbanpour – Life and nothing more, 1992
Jassem Ghazbanpour is an Iranian docu journalist, who’s worked in Iran before the revolution and through it.
With his 1992 series ‘Life and nothing more’, Jassem Ghazban documented the shooting of Abbas Kiarostami’s homonymous film.
This image, personally, blows my mind. Mr Ghazbanpour freezes in an instant a moving-image master, Mr Kiarostami, in a joyful frame. A very Persian tradition of elevating common life to the realm of sacred. In the artist’s own words:
“… you will not encounter a single fixed 24×36 mm frame, but rather a section of the movement. Time starts moving, linking together earlier and later scenes. The frames acquire a different meaning when they are linked together since all the elements of each group form a single photograph. You see the previous and following events, be they few or many. Every frame is a photograph in itself, and every photograph has a story. Our story begins in a distant past and links up to an uncertain future. You are responsible for guessing this future to some extent and building it. For my part, I have made a guess and placed it in my frame.”
Elisenda Faustino-Deu, Directrice
Photo London 2022
12 – 15 May 2022