Compelling Conceptual Photos of Iranian Women – “Miss Butterfly”

Compelling Conceptual Photos of Iranian Women – “Miss Butterfly”


One of my favorite movies of all time is “Persepolis”. It has given me that soulful second-hand experience concerning the plight of women in Iran.

To find these powerful conceptual photos by Shadi Ghadirian adds up to what I know of Iranian women – alongside with little stories, TED talks, literature and news articles.

Each photo from this series “Miss Butterfly” gives this compelling feel about the f/plight of women in modern-day Iran.

This image features a black and white capture of a woman weaving a cobweb – intricately, patiently… in desolation.

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She does it even in the ladder. A symbol of what it’s like to live as a woman in Iran. Pouring her heart out even in the darkest of corner.

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It depicts the domestic life. In this image, she weaves by the window. What is it like outside? What could be life away from the walls? The big window might be showing her beautiful nature or the vast skies. She’s inside working on something endless and demanding.

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“The web is not only a recurring motif but also a symbol of the existing social structures in Iran that are restrictive towards women.”

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Her face is a source of beauty and love. Images in these series hide how she looks like. I wonder how wonderful she looks and beams when she smiles.

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Iranian Women

Iranian Women

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With these compelling images, a little story was written – about a young butterfly who lost her way. Along the way, she meets a spider and it offers her something. “In exchange of sunshine, you must give me other insects to feast on”. Instead of trapping and giving away others, she offered her very self. The spider was so impressed and it gave her the freedom. 

As she offers freedom to others, she gets no reaction. Right there and then, she spreads her wings and flies away.

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