Sadegh Tirafkan’s life is as remarkable as the variety of his work. Born into a devout Muslim family, he volunteered – like so many teenagers of his age – for the war against Iraq. Unlike so many of his companions, he was lucky to come back alive. To look at his portrait of those days, a lanky young man with a mustache, is to see how far he has come, from a militia fanatical in his defense of his homeland to the sophisticated world savvy artist who exhibits in the major cities of the planet.
This is why his earlier photos are precious, not only to map his artistic itinerary but also to discover the seeds of his present work.