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A True Look Into The People Of Iran

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Brandon Stanton, famous for his Humans of New York project, turned a woman named Shirin Barghi onto the idea for a series in Tehran, titled “Humans of Tehran.” It became her goal to capture real people in Tehran in their natural habitat. While her work was well-received, many people criticized her and her team for showing only happy people, but that was her point.

Having grown up in Tehran, Shirin knew it would be tough work to get people to open up to her, but she had a point she wanted to make to the world: people in Iran are no different than those in other places of the world. “The image people have of Iran is so demonized and divorced from the reality of the people there that I thought this sort of project is a really good way of showing normal people in Tehran.