From the series “Pahlevan Never dies” (“Pahlevanan Nemimirand”), Jahan Pahlevan by Semco Salehi
Illustration based on film and digital photography 2020

From the series “Pahlevan Never dies” (“Pahlevanan Nemimirand”), Manoocher by Semco Salehi
Illustration based on film and digital photography 2020
“Pahlevan Never dies” (“Pahlevanan Nemimirand”) is a collection of 9 digital images using
film and digital photography with a focus on forgotten myths of “Pahlevani”, which it’s a
form of Iranian male heroism and athleticism. “Pahlevans” were Persian warriors that
were known for their bravery and sportsmanship. Back in the day, people considered
“Pahlevans” as a symbol of reverence. There are many poems and tales about their
valiancy and virtue. These tales have been exaggerated over the years to the extent that
they have lost their practical meaning. Today, a minority group of Iranians still believe in
“Pahlevan” culture. This group is mostly comprised of men from older generations with
the exception of few young enthusiasts. They practice the athletics as a group, while they
cherish and practice the philosophy of Pahlevani. The place in which they practice called
It is important to highlight that being a “Pahlevan” is a male only traditional and
“Zoorkhaneh” is a male only gym, where men practice traditional workout to the tunes of
live traditional drumming.
Unfortunately, both the tradition of being a “Pahlevan” and “Zoorkhaneh” (gym) are on the
verge of extinction.
The images are a combination of Western Popculture and Qajar era stoneprints. Each
image is manipulated to showcase the exaggerated tales of “Pahlevani”. They also
display the imported western advertising influence in such traditional culture.

On the surface 2 by Scott Johnston

Untitled by Scott Johnston

Aga Khan Museum by Salina Kassam

Aga Khan Museum by Salina Kassam

From Vitrine collection, ''Hi dear, how are you?'', NY 2004 by NOVIN

Untitled by Kamelia Pezeshki

Light Composition No 1, Toronto 2020 by James Rowan

Illuminated Geometry, Toronto 2020 by James Rowan

BACKYARD FLORALS: Antiquated Roses by Shahla Pezeshki

The bouquet, Scattered series by Kamelia Pezeshki

Untitled by Nima Jamali

Untitled by Kamelia Pezeshki

Desert of Urmia by Behrad Abuzar

"Lake Urmia in Iran was once the world's second largest salt lake, but in a matter of years it shrank to almost nothing. Now, the lake is slowly coming back to life"
BBC, Peter Schwartzstein, February 25, 2021

Untitled by
Denis Lalonde

Untitled by Peter Illidge (1955-2019)

Pollution no.2 by Kamelia Pezeshki

Ranunculus by Osheen Harruthoonyan

Ephemeral by John Bladen Bentley

Untitled, Toronto by Sasan Ghahreman

"Hosta X"  2021 botanical series, by Ruth Stanners

Happy summer solstice, self portrait no.7 by Kamelia Pezeshki

Untitled, Lahijan, Iran by Sasan Golbostani

  Vortices of Light 1 by John Wallace

Yemen by Azadeh Saljooghi

Yemenis are generous people and Yemen is a resourceful country, bombed to pieces by Saudi-led coalition, supported by the Military Industrial Complex. This picture, and others, were taken when the war was starting. I assume by now the laypeople I met are displaced, dismembered, or killed, and most buildings, including the ones in the unique old Sana are destroyed.

From "in the garden series", Music garden, Toronto by Kamelia Pezeshki

Untitled, spring 2021 by Gordon Hawkins

Futur antérieur by Horst Herget

Model: Nii, wet plate/ tintype, original plate 6.5”x 8.5"

Seasons change, spring 2021 by kamelia Pezeshki

22 Piazza San Marcos Venice, 2014 by Frank Eberdt

Flesh Made Stone-Three Maids Cavorting by John Wallace

Suffocation 03, 2010 by Nasrin Arghavani Fard
Suffocation has been growing in me as I live through the
censorship and restrictions. I have thought about the politics of
molding people into society’s dominant structure. I have
questioned the boundaries of politicized traditions, cultural
beliefs and religious ideologies —the outside forces that
constrict us. Suffocation is about the permanent tension of
fighting against inside thoughts and emotions. It explores the
conflict that occurs at the intersection of inside and outside,
where you are restricted and have to struggle against the
requirement of hiding and blocking your truth. Through the
outer darkness, blurred images appear through a dim light:
some of the broken pieces of your inner mirror, fragmented
from a whole.

This is the first photo in Anne Bayin's new book "Covid Behind Glass”. The book is a unique take on Covid, a journal in photos and spare text about a Toronto senior flying solo during lockdown. It speaks to serious issues of mental health, loneliness, seniors but with a light touch, using the device of plexiglass to express surreality. It’s endorsed by artists, editors, health professionals, the CEO of United Way and an Olympian. 

Winter Onion by Mike Heagin

Self portrait series, no 34 by Kamelia Pezeshki

Untitled, analogue collage by Tooran Zandieh

The home series, May 4, 2020 by Jamal Falahatgar

Dance 68 by Anna Prior

Ms. Dusty Mae by Horst Herget

Wet plate, tintype original plate 6.5”x 8.5”

 Self Portrait Series no.40 by Kamelia Pezeshki

A Relationship in Quarantine by Elsa Hashemi, 2020

Laid off from work,

Locked down at home, 

Nowhere to go,

No one to meet,

Just me, my studio, and everything inside it…

This was exactly when my gazing series started! 

I began realizing what objects I was surrounded with, 

And got fascinated with their shape, style, color and function.

Even a single spot on the wall started to look significant to me!

So, my relationship with my surroundings started;

And every single day I discovered something new around me, 

And I realized what an important role it could have in my life…

That was why I never felt lonely in Quarantine…

The more I kept gazing at my surroundings, the more I felt they were gazing back at me!

Two or three elements by John Bladen Bentley

Hot car GT40, 1960's by Don Newlands 1927-2011

Don Newlands work defined photojournalism and documentary photography in Canada for close to two decades. Newlands worked as a photographer and photo editor during the 1950’s and 1960’s for many nationally and internationally significant publications including Maclean’sThe CanadianWeekendBlack StarTimeLife and Paris Match.

Waxing Gibbous, 2019 by Peter Friedrichsen
Cyanotype on Birch Ply

Yosemite Falls, April 2019 by Khashayar Hooshiar

Somewhere in Ontario by Gordon Hawkins

From the series Made in Mexico, Church Key by John Bladen Bentley
Colour carbon transfer print
Bentley is one of very few printers in the world who makes this kind of prints.

Cynthia and Susan by
Steve Stober, 2007, Gelatin silver print

One sunny winter afternoon in 2007, I spotted two debonair, stylish and confident looking older women looking into my studio window on Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto. I quickly ran outside and invited them into the studio for a quick, no frills portrait session. What ensued was the portrait, Cynthia and Susan , 2007. Cynthia and Susan were long time friends out for a stroll. Susan once ran a women’s clothing boutique on the same street.

From the series “Around the Block” 
Theater on 6th Ave. 2017 by Guillaume Zuili
I moved to San Pedro, which is the harbor of Los Angeles, in 2015. One of the last “back in time” places that escaped gentrification.

Silver gelatin print
Galerie Clementine de la Feronniere, Paris

MANHATTAN 1982 series
#57 Halloween/7th Ave South by Gun Roze
 Photo taken during NYC's infamous annual Halloween parade, Oct 1982. 
Gun recently published his first book titled MANHATTAN 1982.

My series of self portraits was inspired by a floral dress
I acquired a decade ago. This dress is a representation for
my love of flowers and gardens. Wearing this black and
white floral dress, I photographed myself among familiar
and intimate locale. As if the beauty and simplicity of
wearing a flowery patterned dress and hanging in luscious
gardens would influence my diasporic life, transforming its
complexity into clarity...
From self portrait series, no. 44 by Kamelia Pezeshki

Elahe, Goddess, by Zohreh Sabagh Nejad
Yazd, Iran

Jamaican migrant farm workers picking apples, Thornbury, Ontario, 1986
Photo©Vincenzo Pietropaolo From Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada. (BTL, 2009)

Untitled by Arad Mehdi Agahi

The Great Marsh, Massachusetts
Springtime, North Pool, 2018 by Philip Jessup

The Great Marsh is the largest salt marsh in New England. It extends from north of Boston to the New Hampshire’s Atlantic shoreline and spans over 20,000 acres. It is of unparalleled value to the northeastern states, encompassing barrier islands, beaches, and dunes that protect communities from nor’easters; tidal estuaries that support commercially fisheries; and recreational opportunities that enhance the liveability of the historic townships like Newburyport and Ipswich in the region.

The Crows at Your Table,
From the Series "Threshold"
 by Maureen O'Connor

Untitled by Tooran Zandieh

… My beloved mother used to sew “Chehel Tekeh” which literally means 40 pieces; the closest translation for it is Patchwork. I grew up to love this art form. As an educator of forty years, collage was always part of the pedagogical curriculum for my students of all ages particularly the youth. I had learned that to make collage means to think deep and to have perseverance. These were teaching goals that my students and I achieved with great success while making collages. After retiring at age 62, I started to create collage as a skilled artist. Collage creation became my only way of expressing myself while utilizing my life experiences, education, and vision for a better world.

Carnival by Wayne Salmon

The Garden 2019 by Gordon Hawkins

Calcutta courier, Calcutta, India, 2008 by Cory Wilyman

Beyond by Alborz Malekpoor

This Image is part of a collection of black and white photographs that were shot
throughout Iran during the past few years. The images
express the “decisive moment” where Alborz's past
experiences and intuition meet. His work portrays everyday
life of people who are not in the limelight. He believes:
art is a personal experience shared with others.

Untitled by Gordon Hawkins, 2006


 Hollyhocks, From the series "In the garden" by Kamelia Pezeshki

On the subject of gardens, the Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), writes that "it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment of the spirit of man; without which, buildings and places are but gross handyworks".


   Veiled Truths by Hossein Fatemi