The Last Photo
Everywhere in the world, when convicts enter prison, their photos are taken and their face and height are recorded in them. These photos will be the last photos of these girls if the next of kin of the victims do not take back their complaint.
In Iran, death penalty is given to the children for the crimes such as murder, drug trafficking, and armed robbery. According to the Islamic Penal Law, the age when girls are held accountable for their crimes is 9 years old, while the international conventions have banned the death penalty for individuals under 18.
Pursuant to the passing of new laws in the recent years, the Iranian Judiciary System detains children in Juvenile Delinquents Correction Centre after their verdict. Those with minor crimes are freed after spending their term and those who are sentenced to death are hanged after reaching 18 if the next of kin (private complainants) do not take back their complaints.
1- Nazanin is 16. She was arrested about 6 months ago for the possession of 651 grams of cocaine.
2-Somayyeh is 17. Her father kept beating her mother after using narcotics excessively. It always happened after he used drugs. Somayyeh, her sister, and her mother decided to kill the father. They killed him one night and buried his body in the flowerbed in the yard. The body was discovered a few years later and they confessed to their crime. Her sister and mother are in the prison for adults and Somayyeh is in the prison for children under 18. Her grandmother has requested hanging for the three of them.
3- Ghazal is 17. Her stepfather forced her to sell drugs in Tehran parks. She was arrested by the police and taken to Juvenile Detention. She has a 3-year-old daughter and her husband has banned her from seeing her daughter.
4- Sanaz is 17. She and her boyfriend extorted money with cold and warm weapons. They took taxi drivers out of the city and extorted all their money and savings. They used warm weapons a few times and wounded some drivers.
5- Mahsa is 17. She falls in love with a boy and intends to marry him, but her father is against the marriage. One day she has an argument with her father, and she and her mother decide to kill the father. Mahsa kills her father with a kitchen knife, and now her brothers are requesting death penalty or lex talionis for her and her mother.
6- Khatereh is 13. She was sexually abused by her uncle, so she decided to run away from home. One week later, a few youths attacked her in a park in Tehran to gang rape her. To save herself, she wounded her arm with a knife. The police officers found her unconscious on the ground. And after treatment, she was transferred to Juvenile Delinquents Correction Centre. She will be released in 2 months and return home.
SADEGH SOURI IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF
SADEGH SOURI WAS BORN ON 29/07/1985 IN NAHAVAND CITY – HAMEDAN PROVINCE OF I.R.IRAN.
HE IS ASSOCIATED OF DEGREE IN PHOTOGRAPHY&CINEMATOGRAPHY OF University of Applied Science and Technology.
3RD GRADE ARTISTIC CERTIFICATE IN PHOTOGRAPHY EQUAL AS BA PHOTOGRAPHY FROM MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND ISLAMIC GUIDANCE OF IRAN.
HE STARTED ART ACTIVITY FROM 2005 AND The establishment of four solo exhibitions in 2009,2011,2012.
HE IS CINEMATOGRAPHER ESPECIALLY IN DOCUMENTARY CINEMA OF IRAN AND IN MORE THAN 50 DOCUMENTARY FILMS.
HE IS MEMBER OF :
1-IRANIAN YOUTH CINEMA SOCIETY( IYCS - IYCS.IR)- ZAHEDAN BRANCH
2-NATIONAL IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS SOCIETY (NIPS- NIPS.ORG.IR)
3- IRANIAN PHOTOJOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (http://www.iranphotojournalists.com)
4-FIAP: Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. ... http://www.fiap.net/
Second Prize of Binaloud Mountain Festival, Iran, 2009
First Prize of Khazar to Persian Gulf Festival, Iran, 2012
First Prize of Naser Khosrov Festival (Photo Travel), Iran, 2013
Yellow Ribbon (HM) of PSA Internatinal Exibition Photojournalism Division Projected Images 2013
HM of Women and Urban Life Festival, Iran, 2013
Gold Medal from 73rd international photographic salon of Japan, Asahi Shimbun, Japan, 2013
PSA Gold Medal from North Jersey, USA, 2013
SECOND PRIZE OF PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST HUMAN RIGHTS 2014 ACAF (ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS CALABRIA) ITALY
BRONZE MEDAL OF slovene-salon-of-street-photography (fotoklub maribor) 2015
HM AWARD UNICEF Foto des Jahres 2015
- Silver MEDAL Daily Life Stories SECTION 12TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONTEST 2016
- 1ST SHORT STORY SECTION festival della fotografia etica 2016 ITALY
- FINALIST leica oskar barnack award 2016
- First Place, ISSUE REPORTING PICTURE STORY, REPORTAGE DIVISION SECTION 73TH POYI
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