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natural damage by mehran hamrahi


Iran is one of the 10 most dangerous earthquake regions in the world. Almost all of Iran is located on and or in the earthquake zones crossing the globe and most cities are constructed above the earthquake sills. According to the report by the Seismography Center of the Geophysics Institute, Iran is shaking 30 times a day. During the last 100 years, more than 1,100,000 earthquakes larger than 1 on the Richter scale have occurred in Iran, among which 25 cases were severe and damaging.

More than 144,434 people have lost their lives during these earthquakes and hundreds of thousands were injured, as well as millions rendered homeless. This photo story is about the people who were hurt by the earthquakes in Iran, in the cities of Varzaghan, which is near the Azerbaijan province, and Shonbeh, in the Boushehr province.


Mehran Hamrahi was born in 1989 in Ahvaz, Iran. He started learning photography in Iranian youth cinema society in 2009 and was elected as the admired photographer of Iranian youth cinema society in 2012.

He started working with the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in 2011 and he covered two major earthquakes that took place in Azerbajan and Bushehr, Iran in 2011 and 2012. He held a solo exhibition in Ahvaz Museum of Contemporary Arts and participated in three other group exhibitions in the Tehran House of Artists, Milad Tower Art Gallery and Tajrish metro station about victims of the earthquakes mentioned earlier. He participated in Hossein Fatemi’s Workshop and Aliakbar Shirjian’s workshop in 2012 and was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2014.

He won an Ian Parry scholarship in 2013, was recognized as one of the 30 under 30 photographers by the Magnum Foundation in 2013, and was recognized by the Alexia Foundation in 2014.

His work focuses on documentary photography and photojournalism, he is currently focused on social issues mostly concerning youth.