Parisa Damandan

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Parisa Damandan, or Parīsā Damandān Nafīsī̄ (born 1967, Isfahan, Iran) is an Iranian photographer and art historian. She received a degree in photography from the University of Tehran.[1] She is the author of Portrait photographs from Isfahan: Faces in transition, 1920-1950, a book illustrating the history of Isfahan in the early 20th Century with portrait photographs, which she collected over a period of ten years; the photographs were hard to find because many photo archives in Isfahan had been burned after the enactment of a 1979 law forbidding depictions of unveiled women.

After the 2003 Bam earthquake, Damandan started a project to recover and protect the city's photographic archives.[2][3] As of 2006, she had recovered over ten thousand negatives, and the project was not yet complete.[3]


  1. ^ Book description and author biography for "Portrait photographs from Isfahan", from the publisher, Saqi Books
  2. ^ "Saving what can be saved - the story of Parisa Damandan". Rozaneh Magazine. Shirin Tabibzadeh. VI (36). 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Koot, Irene (February 2006). "Iranian photographer saves cultural heritage after Bam earthquake". The Power of Culture. Retrieved October 14, 2012.