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Hello all,
For those interested, I have uploaded several series of recent Iranian pictures on my Digitalrailroad archive, as always there are a LOT of images as it is an archive, not a portfolio gallery. Don’t hesitate to trash me!



by [a former member] at 2007-11-27 10:09:33 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Brussels , Belgium | Bookmark | | Report spam→

bruno, there’s some great stuff here – boy in yellow with the toy gun stands out for me. but i do feel that even for an archive it could do with a serious edit. not sure of the need to present the same pics in both colour and bw…

i’m planning to go to iran next year and am curious to know how you found working there? are there any official restrictions or did you have full freedom of movement?

best regards, david

by david sutherland | 27 Nov 2007 12:11 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
regarding the BW/Colour question, the main body of work is in BW by choice, as is the book project as well as the forthcoming exhibition, but there is a strong pressure from picture editors to see some of the images in colour as well, so…I obliged.

Iran is a remarkably easy place to work in, providing you have established a good working relationship with the relevant autorities (Ershad), as I said before, they are bery professional and incredibly helpful if they trust you.


by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 13:11 (ed. Nov 27 2007) | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
All with an M8, Bruno? Do you create an Action for your B&W conversions in order to get a consistent look throughout and are you doing them with the Grayscale panel in Camera RAW/Lightroom?

by Davin Ellicson | 27 Nov 2007 13:11 (ed. Nov 27 2007) | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
What’s the first point of contact for Ershad then? did you write to them in advance or pay a visit after arrival?
cheers, d

by david sutherland | 27 Nov 2007 13:11 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

yes all shot with an M8; I develop the DNG using CS2, I save a “16bit master colour PSD”; then if I want to go BW, I change the colorsync profile in PS to “grayscale gamma 1,8” which is my default BW profile, and then I correct the image for contrast and density globally or by specific zones…

I work there with a journalist visa, Ershad is the governmental organisation responsable for foreign media, so you go there as soon as you arrive to get your local press card. But the first step is to get a journalist visa from your local IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran) embassy, i/e London. They will know, and tell you what to do. You will have to chose a local “agency” for translations and official letters, minders etc. The way each journalist work with these can be negociated.

I hope this helps,


by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 14:11 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
thanks v. much for that!

by david sutherland | 27 Nov 2007 14:11 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

You wrote: “You will have to chose a local “agency” for translations and official letters, minders etc. The way each journalist work with these can be negociated.” Where you stuck with a minder too while working there?


by Michel De Groot | 27 Nov 2007 14:11 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
No, I wasn’t. I worked alone; that is the point…but I understand a little farsi, while some if not most journalists will want to have a translator or a guide.
For my project, wandering about on my own was perfectly fine…

by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 15:11 (ed. Nov 27 2007) | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
That’s what I figured.


by Michel De Groot | 27 Nov 2007 17:11 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Some excellent work Bruno!

It’s strange how I was born there and have seen less of it than you have. I’m hoping to finally go and visit after 29 years in a few months.

How is Digital Railroad working for you? I am contemplating between it and Photoshelter and wanted to know what your opinion was. Have you had much “new client” sales from the archive?


by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 21:11 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
i just came back from iran, indeed once in and with your iranian press card it’s easy to move around, people r xtremely friendly and kind…the local press card guarantees you very good treatment and access…however it’s individual,depending on what do u want to do etc…
njoy persia…

by Ziyah Gafic | 27 Nov 2007 21:11 | IRAN heading south, Bosnia & Herzegovina | | Report spam→
hey man great stuff….love the bazaar prayer photos….especially the b&w ones….and since when do you speak Farsi?!?

by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 22:11 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Kourosh, Eric, thanks.
I don’t speak farsi, but I understand some of it, certainly enough to get around, since my first visits in Afghanistan, almost 30 years ago…

by [former member] | 27 Nov 2007 23:11 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Bruno, just curious, but on a technical note, is there a reason why you are not using CS3 and Lightroom with the extra features that Camera RAW 4 affords for conversion and b&w conversion with the grayscale panel?! Also, are you shooting any 35mm Leica anymore or has the M8 completely one you over? I ask because I am contemplating myself selling my film Leicas and my Imacon 646 to pay for an M8.

by Davin Ellicson | 28 Nov 2007 04:11 (ed. Nov 28 2007) | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
as always, a very good work… may be strange but i like the fact that i can see hundreds of images rather than very tight edit 10-15 or 20… i’m getting bored with the trend that if you show more than 20 images it is somehow a weakness?!
i enjoy this for a change…here is what i did, be it 200-300 images, and you (the viewer) make up your story and edit if you like… yes, why not…

by [former member] | 28 Nov 2007 04:11 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
no reason, I am still on CS2, I work quick and fast with that technique, I kind of like the results, so…

Velibor, yes, you arre right, an archive is an archive, NOT a portfolio, most of my clients don’t mind looking at a lot of pictures, and my experience tells me that one editor’s choice of 20 pix out of 200 can vary by 75% from another one or another one, meaning that it is actually useful to show more images. In each body of work, there will be a few images “common” to most editors, but the majority will vary widely. You want to make a test? Easy, those who read this send me (by email, not on the post) your 10 favorite pictures taken from BOTH Lettre Persane I and Lettre Persane II stories on my DRR archive, taken together, as it is one single body of work. I’ll make a excel file and publish the results…

by [former member] | 28 Nov 2007 07:11 (ed. Nov 28 2007) | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→

How do you find Digital Railroad? Have you had many “new client sales” as a result of putting your shots there?

by [former member] | 28 Nov 2007 07:11 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Bruno, you did say at one point that you will continue to shoot film as much as possible. Is this still the case?

by Davin Ellicson | 28 Nov 2007 07:11 | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
Kourosh, DRR is working well, it is a very useful tool, there are new clients generated (ONE or TWO pictures sold will pay for the year, remember!) but it is an absolute must for me as I can upload my imags to ONE place and have several clients downloading at will (or at once!).

Davin, I love film, I am still shooting film, but various pressures (economical and time, including post prod time) makes it more and more difficult. But nothing replaces Hasselblad and Tri-x on the field for me…


by [former member] | 28 Nov 2007 07:11 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→

Good to hear! Scanning Tri-X Leica negatives on an Imacon is indeed a joy, but I think Josef Koudelka is probably one of the few guys still shooting film exclusively. . how he still does it, I just don’t know, but Picto in Paris was developing and contacting all his 1000 roles/year for free last I checked. . .

by Davin Ellicson | 28 Nov 2007 09:11 | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→

I agee with Velibor :))…and I too am of the Moriyama school of thinking: show everything (at least everything that you as the photographer wish to shoot/show): the good and the bad, the humdrum and the brilliant: stories are an accumulation, not a nicely edited poem…that’s for, ummm, poetry ;))….and photos whores like me suck up images by the litre, so for me, always the more the better and as Velibor and bruno accuarately pointed out, i’ll choose my own images to suck upon and dream :))…sometimes the collision of “good” images with “ordinary” images makes for quite insightful experience as well :))

i’ve enjoyed “listening” with my eyes to this Iran story (these 2 series and the previous ones) :))

keep um coming!


p.s. i still shoot only film exclusively, sadly noone develops and scans my negs (or my wife’s) for free, so i dont get to shoot 1,000 rolls a year ;))….but, im now printing digitally from scans and on watercolor paper and i love it! :))…

by [former member] | 28 Nov 2007 13:11 | Toronto (for now), Canada | | Report spam→

I understand what you say, but when sending to magazine photo editors, the 40-50 image edit is still pretty much the rule. . .

by Davin Ellicson | 30 Nov 2007 05:11 | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
Davin :))…

yes, totally agree. I think actually (as I suggest to Paul T on his 150-pic post) that 20 is a good number, more than that (in the way of an editor or viewer) getting a glimpse is just accessive…I meant in terms of looking at an archive, or even a book. I could look at pics all day and choose my own narrative, but that’s a different situation when you’re sending to an editor to look. In that situation, im of the austere school: give them a few strong pics that show the theme, the image…like koudelka’s archive at magnum, endless…but, he only chooses to show a few when considering, so i understand the idea of an archive: like a tomb of sorts ;))


by [former member] | 30 Nov 2007 13:11 | Toronto (for now), Canada | | Report spam→
My 2cents comment is that i feel more involvment and inspiration from you, the photographer, in the first series, while in the second one, i find the images too quick, and the color version is more suitable. is it a self assigned project? anyway i personally appreciated to look at a different subject of your work that was not famine or war but simple daily life. best, dana

by Dana De Luca | 30 Nov 2007 14:11 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Great stuff- the b/w has a totally different effect on me, side by side my gaze shifts to a different focus point in each photo depending on whether B/W or colour. I love the colour, the beautiful blues, greens and yellows, but having said that the b/w is also great, interesting in a different way. But most fascinating to me is that colour v. b/w gives me two utterly different impressions of Iran, trying to untangle my thoughts to articulate why and how. Guessing you must have a reason for choosing b/w – past it’s cheaper to print and publish;) Would be interested to know reasons?

by Angela Cumberbirch | 30 Nov 2007 17:11 | Manhattan, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Wondeful images Bruno, its very exciting to see such extensive work on Iran. It is a rich place to photograph. Some of the places you went out to shoot were very nostalgic for me. I miss Iran…hmmphh.. anyways..keep clicking bruno..good luck. Best, Sana

by Sana Manzoor | 30 Nov 2007 23:11 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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