The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Some years ago, my mother inherited a document containing a series of photographs of women taken in late 19th century Iran.

These tiny portraits had been carelessly cut and pasted next to each other and reproduced as a sort of oversized carte-de-visite with multiple images. The only reference to the identity of these women is the handwritten inscription of their names on the corner of each portrait.

To understand the significance of this document, I began a search through books, archives and libraries. At the end, I discovered that conventional research could not reveal much about the identity of these women or the circumstances of their lives. I understood that no source of information exists outside of the images themselves.

This is where my project started...


In memory of Mah-Talat Vazir Nezami who appreciated "small things".

This project was made possible with a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts.