Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi. Iranian photographer Ebrahim Noroozi has made a career out of capturing the unseen in his homeland. The three-time World Press Awards winner is unafraid to focus on dark, heavy, troubling subjects, such as the spectacle of public execution , or the residual impact of extreme domestic violence. Formerly the largest salt lake in the Middle East , Lake Urmia has receded at an astonishing rate in the last two decades, shrinking to 10 percent of its capacity on account of rising global temperatures - one of the worst ecological disasters to date across the continent. His images show visitors savouring and playing in the Lake, even as it succumbs to the ravages of climate change - which only serves to emphasise the value of what is being lost. My sole objective with this series was to not show the beauty - but it came out anyway.
Lake Urmia: how Iran’s most famous lake is disappearing
In the late s, Lake Urmia, in north-western Iran , was twice as large as Luxembourg and the largest salt-water lake in the Middle East. Since then it has shrunk substantially, and was sliced in half in , with consequences uncertain to this day, by a km causeway designed to shorten the travel time between the cities of Urmia and Tabriz. Historically, the lake attracted migratory birds including flamingos, pelicans, ducks and egrets. Effects on humans are perhaps even more complicated. The tourism sector has clearly lost out.
Prostitution in Iran is illegal, and incurs various punishments ranging from fines and jail terms to execution for repeat offenders. The exact number of prostitutes working in Iran is unknown. However, prostitutes are visible on some street corners of the major cities. Many of them are runaways from poor and broken homes.