The cultural mix of the Minab market is unique – even to my well-traveled eyes. Faces reflect the location, on an ancient route linking Arabia with Iran, Pakistan and beyond.
Iran is a Shi’a Muslim state. But you’ll find pockets of Sunni Muslims around Minab. And while Arabic, Farsi (Persian) and other regional tongues are understood, the local dialect here is Minabi.
Held every Thursday in Minab, “Panjshambe Bazar” attracts people from all over the Hormozgan region.
It is the women of Minab that make the market such an attraction (nothing sexual or chauvinistic). Their bold garments make this – otherwise, regular – market intriguing to my foreign eyes.
Photographing people in conservative Islamic societies (and tribal Africa and the Andean people’s of Bolivia + Peru) is often difficult. Many remain wary of cameras and strangers. In such situations it would be fair to say: one’s best photos – are often never shot.
I shoot discreetly in public places but ask permission for conventional portraits. When asked by local folks, why I shoot. I answer truthfully. I am not a professional. I don’t sell your image. The objective of my photos – art and hobby aside, is to take pictures to counter fading memories. And also, to share the world with others – that’s you, readers 🙂
Travels in Iran – 2011