Shadi Ghadirian
Iranian, born 1974

Untitled from “Qajar”, 1998

Gelatin silver print

Image: © Shadi Ghadirian, Courtesy of the artist and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


This photograph, part of Shadi Ghadirian’s “Qajar” series, shows a young woman posing with an object banned under the Iranian Revolution. It’s one work out of many which will be shown at an exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts that features the work of 12 women photographers from the Middle East. There’s a lot to learn here.


Magnus Gjoen, Delft AK-47, 2013, 100 x 35 cm, image posted with permission of depict. 

Magnus Gjoen brings a unique punk-sensibility to his practice. Incorporating symbols such as skulls and machine guns that evoke the ephemeral nature of earthly pursuits, he creates contemporary vanitas for the digital age. 

See more of Magnus Gjoen’s work at

“What interest me isn’t so much pop culture or overrated icons, but to follow an idea that is subversive in its own right. A romantic idea, that anonymous people can be icons too. When I painted bums’ faces, I can’t really say I did it with any political or social motive. I’m not the most political guy. The idea was more to ask: “who is he?” This guy that I pass on the street, he has a childhood, parents, a babysitter, friends at school. He maybe had a family, women who loved him… Who is he? What’s his name? What bothers me isn’t so much his social condition, its more his invisibility. And knowing we’re all unique.”

Art by C215, via This Is Colossal.

by Irina Werning, Back to the Future. I’ve seen a lot of these lately, vintage photos of kids re-enacted in modern day as adults. This one though I found particularly wonderful.