Saturday, May 3, 2008

I made it ...

I made it (Sept. 2006)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
The salad and the pesto are ready!

Leather Bags

Tehran, Iran (Nov. 2006)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
Leather lady's bags on display in Tehran.

These are all made locally from natural leather.

They can be quite expensive but still cheaper than equivalent brands in Europe.

All are hand-made.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The walk in the garden

My daughter Negin made this set up and took the photograph.

I believe her grandmother purchased the shoes in Isfahan some 35 years ago.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Old Town, Tehran (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi

This is a school.

It has trained many generations.

It stands, with distinction.

The distinction makes it what it is!

Soccer Stadium

Germany (Summer 2007)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi

The soccer stadium in Leipzig, revamped and ready for World Cup --

This was in the summer of 2006.

Angola and Iran get ready for a match.

Way Out?

Do you see a way out?

My 8-year-old daughter took these pictures back in 2006.

Where is the Door?

Where is the door?

Where is the wall?

Just because I cannot see it, it does not mean that there is no door, that there is no wall.

Wall and the door are the same.

A City Rises

A city rises.

Color and space mix and mesh.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Design and Death

Best Cars, Tehran (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
Some designs refuse to die.

They insist on living even as what embodies them may fall apart.

Look at this old Citroen parked on a side alley in Tehran.

It seems to say "I still have life in me. Fix the wheels and tires, and I'm ready for another go."

Gold and Jewelery Shop

I remember seeing a Muzzaffarian Jewelery shop in San Francisco once.

However, this corner building in old town bazar of Tehran is the home of the Muzzaffarian Jewelery.

It is built to rekindle the style of the old, of the Safavids, Zandis and Ghajar but in a different era.

It succeeds only in part. As the city grows, it will most probably disappear from its ground by shear economics.

Economics overwhelms design.

This piece of land is worth millions.

Friday Bazar, Tehran (2005)

Friday Bazar, Tehran (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
Which spoon suits you?

Chandeliers, Tehran (2005)

The variety of chandeliers astound the casual onlookers.