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Shooting in Iran with Tourist Visa

any fellow stalker got recent “on the field” experience shooting everyday life in Iran with a tourist visa? troubles?

thanks a lot…

by Sirio Magnabosco at 2006-08-25 10:45:45 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) verona , Italy | Bookmark | | Report spam→

No Trouble at all. Best W..

by Warren Clarke | 25 Aug 2006 14:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
totally cool…..just be smart and careful of where you point your camera. good luck, ramin

by [former member] | 25 Aug 2006 19:08 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
totally cool…..just be smart and careful of where you point your camera. good luck, ramin

by [former member] | 25 Aug 2006 19:08 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
no worries…..p

by [former member] | 26 Aug 2006 02:08 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→
Ramin, care to expand on the “where you point your camera”?

Could be useful to people entering the country

by Daniel Cuthbert | 26 Aug 2006 08:08 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
I am interested to know this too…

by Guido Van Damme | 26 Aug 2006 09:08 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
For starter ALL government buildings are NO NO…… you may not even know you are taking pictures of a building. It could be a boring social security office. Regardless, they all have armed guards and undercover police.
I was shooting a translator outside a court building in south of Tehran and got into trouble. It is right by the bazaar so we talked our way out since it is a tourist destination. Later on, I recall seeing no-photo signs around the corner as I left the area.
Also this past summer a couple EU tourists were jailed and convicted of “spying” for simply photographing oil facilities in the Persian Gulf area! I think they were shooting outside an oil refinery in the south. Not sure what happened to them.
In the parks don’t be too quick to take pictures of girls w/o hejab. Since you are a foreigner, they can put a fat label on you in a second. Trust me….they will come to you and start talking to you!
I think the rest is common sense if you have experience shooting in Middle East or Islamic countries. Hope this helps. Iran….is always a curve ball!

by [former member] | 26 Aug 2006 17:08 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Sirio! I spent some time in Iran in January. Photographing on a tourist visa is fine, like Ramin said you just need to be careful photographing government buildings and women… most of the no-no buildings do have a “no photographing” sign on them, but some won’t or it won’t be obvious or it will actually say “no photographing” in farsi, but not have one of those cameras with a red line through it on the sign. Get someone who you know who speaks farsi (if you don’t know anyone when you arrive, you’ll know someone within about five minutes, Iranians are incredibly friendly) to write down “no photography” for you in farsi, so you’ll recognise the signs.

The other thing to be aware of is how and where you publish your shots. If you’re going over to do some cutting work on a tourist visa, just be aware that anyone in your published shots is potentially in the firing line of the government…

Otherwise, have an incredible time. Iran is a wonderful country!
Good luck!

by Ed Giles | 27 Aug 2006 11:08 | Newtown, Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Hey Sirio! I spent some time in Iran in January. Photographing on a tourist visa is fine, like Ramin said you just need to be careful photographing government buildings and women… most of the no-no buildings do have a “no photographing” sign on them, but some won’t or it won’t be obvious or it will actually say “no photographing” in farsi, but not have one of those cameras with a red line through it on the sign. Get someone who you know who speaks farsi (if you don’t know anyone when you arrive, you’ll know someone within about five minutes, Iranians are incredibly friendly) to write down “no photography” for you in farsi, so you’ll recognise the signs.

The other thing to be aware of is how and where you publish your shots. If you’re going over to do some cutting work on a tourist visa, just be aware that anyone in your published shots is potentially in the firing line of the government…

Otherwise, have an incredible time. Iran is a wonderful country!
Good luck!

by Ed Giles | 27 Aug 2006 11:08 | Newtown, Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
More than women (no problem as long as they’re not with their husband), avoid indeed ALL government buildings, nuclear plants… and if you get into trouble just act like a lost tourist, it should be allright.
Good luck to you.er

by Eric Rechsteiner | 28 Aug 2006 11:08 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
And what if it’s not the intention to shoot like a tourist or a travel photographer? What if I want to shoot some sensitive subjects like heroin addiction, homosexuality (they recently hanged 2 gay teenagers) , HIV, or Iran’s religious minorities (Jews, Christians)? Is it easy to move around with a tourist visa then?

by Guido Van Damme | 29 Aug 2006 09:08 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
And what if it’s not the intention to shoot like a tourist or a travel photographer? What if I want to shoot some sensitive subjects like heroin addiction, homosexuality (they recently hanged 2 gay teenagers) , HIV, or Iran’s religious minorities (Jews, Christians)? Is it easy to move around with a tourist visa then?

by Guido Van Damme | 29 Aug 2006 10:08 | Lokeren, Belgium | | Report spam→
Guido….you can’t go from city to city without a permit. And in Tehran and cities like Shiraz and Isfahan people are used to seeing tourists with cameras. If you are seen in another city without proper paperwork….you are in deep trouble. In Tehran and Isfahan, there are churches and temples with their own security and you can talk to them. DO NOT just go to south of Tehran trying to shoot the drugies. ….Iran is police state….just do not take any chances unless you know what you are doing. I can hook you up with shooter/fixers in Iran…but you gotta pay them. If REALLY interested drop me an eamil.

by [former member] | 29 Aug 2006 16:08 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Ramin, i had no problem moving from city to city in Iran. Are you talking about moving around when on a press visa or a toursit visa? I just rocked up to the train station, bought a ticket and went on my way. I do agree, however, that you need to be careful shooting drugs/prostitution in south tehran…. it’s not a happy place and if a cop car cruises by when you have your camera out you’ll have a chance to say hello and practice your weaseling skills! I do know a french snapper who was photographing with the Jewish community in Esfahan and with underground female activists in Tehran. He was having a tough time on both but was getting some results after a lot of groundwork and hanging around both crowds for a month or so before he began really shooting…

“Weaseling son, it’s what separates humans from animals… except maybe the weasel.” (Homer)

by Ed Giles | 31 Aug 2006 02:08 | Newtown, Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Ed during the last year’s elections….I had all kinds of papers and permits for shooting for one full day Qom. Mind you the entire world was in Iran including Sean Penn….but that was in Tehran. So after shooting posters and streets with 2 other photogs we/I was arrested before being chased out of the city. They said we don’t care what “Tehran” permits you have. Thanks to a cool-head police man who said he is here for the elections….otherwise the Basij was on out tails the whole day. Anyhoo….the point is YES….I have seen back packers in Eshfahan but Iranians still would like to know where all the foreigners are and why!

by [former member] | 31 Aug 2006 05:08 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Why don’t you try to obtain a Press Visa? It’s not so difficult.. (someone tell me so…) All you need is a formal request written in original by a newspaper or media agency.
It has been very easely for me to obtein a Press Visa for Afghanistan few months ago. Easier than the standard Visa: Afghanistan Ambassy in Italy doesn’t release tourist Visa.
It wuold be very interesting to know your plan about the trip in Iran. You can write me in private.

Ciao paesà

S.

by saverio serravezza | 08 Sep 2006 15:09 | somewhere, Italy | | Report spam→
Seems like you have all the info you need and I would concur on the not shooting govt. buildings. I stupidly photographed a mural of Ayotola Komeni not realising it was on the side of a police training facility in Mashad near Afghan border! Spent 18 hours in a police station trying to explain I was a tourist and justify a passport full of visas and was not allowed to contact embassy etc! Very easy to travel around – there is a back packer scene and plenty of them moving on overlad trips through iran from turkey to south pakistan.

by Adam Dean | 08 Sep 2006 23:09 | Dalian, China | | Report spam→

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Sirio Magnabosco, Optimist Sirio Magnabosco
Optimist
Berlin , Germany
Warren Clarke, Photojournalist Warren Clarke
Photojournalist
Sydney , Australia ( AAA )
Daniel Cuthbert, button clicker Daniel Cuthbert
button clicker
(..)
London , United Kingdom ( LHR )
Guido Van Damme, Photographer Guido Van Damme
Photographer
Brussels , Belgium
Ed Giles, Photojournalist Ed Giles
Photojournalist
Sydney , Australia
Eric Rechsteiner, Photographer Eric Rechsteiner
Photographer
Hong Kong , China
saverio serravezza, (boxmaker..) saverio serravezza
(boxmaker..)
Umbria , Italy
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Freelance Photographer
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