Once again another terrific photographer has somehow slipped under my radar.
Mohammadreza Mirzaei is based in Tehran and has done a wonderful series of images that takes minimalism to an extreme
Called ‘Humans’ and released in 2006 they have been praised by no less than genius landscape photographer Michael Kenna, who wrote the forward to Mirzaei’s book in which he says the following,
‘Mr. Mirzaei, with reserved sensibility, kindly provides us with an opportunity to quietly reflect and consider the reasons for our existence. It is a worthy subject to ponder, and this is a worthy group of photographs’
I wholeheartedly concur. The courage to take an extreme distance from his subjects and show their tiny insignificant frames trying to live life, in no way detracts from their humanity. If anything we feel more pathos for these miniscule figures, who like insects, threaten to disappear before our eyes.
Above all though it’s a very neat and distinctive look and feel that I’ve not really seen before.
Even better I see from his Wiki entry that Mirzaei was born in 1986, which means we could have many more great photos to look forward too in the coming years from this talented Iranian.