Photo Essay: Martyrdom in Tehran

Images of “Martyrdom” dominate Tehran’s urban space. State-sponsored and hand-painted by artists close to the regime, they provide an insider’s view of the Islamic Republic’s psyche at a time when Iran makes daily headlines. Thematically, the murals feature images of the fathers of the Islamic Revolution and martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war, as well as explicitly anti-U.S. and anti-Israel messages. The primary objective is to document and present images that are part of Tehranians’ daily visual experience and of which people in the U.S. are largely oblivious.

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