Love and Hate USA

Iran and the United States have started to talk again about a nuclear deal and lifting  the embargo, but in the streets there is still propaganda against the U.S. These signs show Obama as a traitor and the threat of the U.S., but the Iranian people seem to adopt more and more of an American way of living. They use iPhones, eat in fake KFCs, drink Pepsi, and wear Nike shoes. 

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    Love and Hate USA

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    Yazd area, this billboard says that USA does not respect Human Rights... It shows Obama as Yazid, who was responsible for the death of Imam Hussein. The man holds a baby of Palestine. The arrowhead has the Israeli Star of David. The Great Satan (USA) and the Little Satan (Israel) are shown as the baby-murderers.

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    Statue of Liberty, Iranian version, on the walls of the former american embassy in Tehran which was seized in 1979 during the revolution.The building is now home to a militia base, and of a sport club.

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    A Pepsi Cola can with farsi text. Like Coca Cola, factories are already in Iran. Coca has a bottling factory in Mashad, one of the most religious town in Iran.

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    Young iranian girl in Laft village, wearing a muslim veil with the Apple logos

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    Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph depicting Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during World War II. Iranians have made a different version with the American soldiers raising the flag on victims of their wars.

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Eric Lafforgue

Eric Lafforgue

"I prefer to take photos of people because I have a hard time conversing with landscapes, trees, or cats!"

From a young age, Eric Lafforgue has been fascinated by far away countries and travelling. When he was 10 years old, he spent time in the horn of Africa, travelling through Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen.

Eric started taking photographs in 2006, and soon after, international magazines and newspapers began publishing his work from around the world.  His work is regularly published in titles including National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, the Daily Mail, Lonely Planet and VICE. In 2008, Eric’s work on the people of Papua New Guinea was exhibited at the prestigious VISA photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. 

Eric currently spends most of his time travelling the globe, exploring places not often visited, and privileging regions or populations he perceives to be in danger. He uses photography to share his encounters with a wider audience, describing his working practice as guided by the “perception of an ethnologist and the heart of an artist”.

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