In this podcast we talk to Iranian photographer Farhad Berahman about his journey into documentary photography from a chance beginning as a photographer’s assistant.  He discusses the challenges of being a documentary photographer in Iran, particularly relevant to his powerful project The Crab of Sanctions, in which he documents the impacts of sanctions on the people of Iran. In The Crab of Sanctions, Farhad chose to focus on the medical impacts – the lack of medicines and treatment available for civilians as a consequence of the sanctions. The project draws particular attention to the vulnerable children and adults suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases, who now have limited access to the treatments they need to survive; the sanctions not only limit medicines but also imported advanced medical technologies, vital for diagnosis. Farhad shot this story in black and white, inspired by a love of early Magnum photographers. We also discuss his interest in the rise and future of citizen journalism and its impact on story telling and the role of the professional photographer.

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Born in Iran, Farhad is now based in Dubai; he began his professional career with Associated Press in the UAE and Middle East in 2007.  Farhad specialises in social documentary, travel and editorial photography in parts of Asia and the Middle East. In 2009 he was nominated for the World Press Photo as the best young talented photographer in the MENA region and his work has appeared in publications around the globe such as The New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Figaro and El Paris.

In 2013 Farhad graduated from the MA Photojournalism & Documentary photography from the London College of Communication and exhibited in the graduation show at the SU Gallery. He has also been part of group shows at the Four Corners Galley and the Matt Roberts Arts space in London.

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Abbas (Iranian/French Magnum photographer)
Alex Webb
Ebrahim Noroozi
Ed Kashi
James Nachtwey
Kamran Jebreili
Majid Saeedi
Newsha Tavakolian
Sebastião Salgado

BBC Persian
BBC World
Four Corners Gallery
London College of Communication (LCC)
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC
Magnum Photos
Matt Roberts Arts space
The Guardian
World Press Photo

Guardian article discussing Citizen journalism
Information on The Arab Spring
Information on the sanctions in Iran

Interviewers: Chris King, Rebecca Enderby

Producer and Editor: Chris King

Featured Image: From the work ‘The Crab of Sanctions’ by Farhad Berahman © Farhad Berahman