On the road with Kiarostami's photos
17 March, 2017
A photo exhibition of works by revered Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), entitled On the Road, was opened at the Home of Cinema on 15 March as part of the Sofia International Film Festival.
“Seeking similarities and differences between my photos and films comes much easier to my audience because of the benefit of distance than to me, their creator. I imagine doing the same when making films. My stories are minimalistic, I try to clear up the space around my characters and reach the essence of their human nature,” the director once said.
Kiarostami ventured into photography in 1979 when the revolution in Iran robbed him of the opportunity to work on film projects. He used to describe his self-taught photographic style as a parallel activity to his passion for film-making, although at times these two interests intersected and influenced each other.
Abbas Kiarostami, a world-renowned screenplay writer and director, belongs to a generation of film-makers referred to as the Iranian new wave, a movement that emerged at the end of the 1960s. He was also a poet, a photographer and an artist.