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Entering Emkan Gallery, we face the works of Milad Hosseinzadeh, Ali Saffari, and Hamed Shafie, which the basis of their works is the experience of seeing and seeing anew with a camera. Some of the works in this group exhibition are the result of following the artists’ final projects at university, that have been done again with a detailed look. In a general view, the link between these three artists and the works on the wall is the element of abstraction and fantasy; some dreamlike and sometimes ambiguous images with elements like light, color, reflection, and games like this are only possible to be done and recorded with camera tools. Even though all the photographs lean toward abstraction, but there is also a sign of falling into the trap of abstraction in them. One suspends the physicality of the still life and objects, and the other captures the hazy images preceding or succeeding the very moment he falls asleep. The other artist also deals more with the optical tools which are supposed to make the pictures themselves. His photographs bond the science and art of photography. Abstraction is more found in Ali Saffari’s work comparing to the other two series.

In the gallery space, we come across similar black metal frames that sit well on the works, but there is also a kind of division in how they have been presented. One series of photographs are framed with white passepartouts in a classic way, and the other two not. This somehow disrupts the monotony of the exhibition at first glance, and proves that the presentation of each series has been thought separately and then the best framing method had been decided. Perhaps it would have been better if the works were displayed on the wall with no glass to have a double effect, and allowed the viewer to be more curious about the level and depth of the images’ abstraction. But What is this abstraction for? Probably, the artists intention is to eliminate details and reach more personal and sensual images.

“Each picture distinctively asks me as a viewer if the photography is the art of realism or if the reality of photography is something else! With no clear answer. I look at and enjoy these insights and images.”

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