Photographic Alphabet: U is for Laure d'Utruy

Photographic Alphabet: U is for Laure d'Utruy

Iran, 2016 © Laure d’Utruy

Iran, 2016 © Laure d’Utruy

Project: The Royal Road

The series is part of the ongoing project The Royal Road: in transformation started in Iran in 2016.

When Laure d’Utruy first traveled to Iran, she saw this as an opportunity to experience a place for herself and to be able to distance herself from the influence of the media. Embracing this and the mystery of the country as a whole, she was enthralled by one particular aspect: the ever present sense of duality that exists throughout the country.

Iran has faced deep social, political and economic transformations over the last century, particularly since the revolution in 1979. These disruptions and changes have resulted in increasing dualities in many aspects of society: the opposition of tradition and modernity, religion and the desire for emancipation, and the confrontation of local and global cultural influences.

Iranian family exploring the salt mountains. Hormuz island, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Iranian family exploring the salt mountains. Hormuz island, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Man sitting at the Shah Mosque during the religious events of the Ashura. Tehran, Iran, 2016 © Laure d’Utruy

Man sitting at the Shah Mosque during the religious events of the Ashura. Tehran, Iran, 2016 © Laure d’Utruy

District of Sa'adat Abad, north Tehran, 2017. © Laure d’Utruy

District of Sa'adat Abad, north Tehran, 2017. © Laure d’Utruy

Throughout her extensive travels in the country, she have been particularly struck by the ways in which the rich and diverse natural landscape has continued to be transformed by urban and architectural development, as a consequence of the country’s growth and modernisation. The primary expression of this idea can be seen through the landscape and natural environment. It is also seen through people, as these dualities impact them in their lives.

The project explores the influence of these concepts. In the midst of near constant change around the country, Laure is interested in showing the ways in which harmony can still be found despite these factors.

Primary school on Qeshm island. Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Primary school on Qeshm island. Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Navid and Mehran. Rasht, Iran, 2018. © Laure d’Utruy

Navid and Mehran. Rasht, Iran, 2018. © Laure d’Utruy

Iranian tourists at Eram garden. Shiraz, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Iranian tourists at Eram garden. Shiraz, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

The project has been exhibited at the Month of Photography Los Angeles in April 2018 and has been recognised by the Lucie Foundation in 2017.

For more information about Laure d’Utruy, click here.

Closed ice-cream shop. Rafsanjan, Iran, 2017. © Laure d’Utruy

Closed ice-cream shop. Rafsanjan, Iran, 2017. © Laure d’Utruy

Muslims praying in cage structures in a public garden. Isfahan, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Muslims praying in cage structures in a public garden. Isfahan, Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

Iran, 2017 © Laure d’Utruy

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