This project is my personal story, which also includes the stories of other Iranian immigrants in Norway, Turkey and USA. This is my opportunity to live, dream and see everyday the world with fresh eyes without forgetting my homeland. My Iran. Our Iran.

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MOMENTS OF FREEDOM

Tens of thousands of people leave Iran every year, impelled by a lack of political, religious and social freedom and in search for a better life. The majority flee. My name is Javad Parsa. I am an Iranian photojournalist and this is my story. I was born in Iran, where democracy does not exist. In my country, there are two kind of journalists: the ones who work for the government and the ones who have the courage to work as critical investigators of our society; unfortunately, the latter work under very complicated circumstances in a country ruled by a dictator. In 2005, I was hired as a staff photographer at Fars News Agency, the national government news-agency of Iran. Seeking to fulfill the professional demands, I began traveling across Iran and took numerous pictures of people and their styles of living.

However, photography was not a mere profession for me; it equipped me with a great sense of responsibility and courage. In 2009, during the public protests, after the so called Iranian elections, I was assigned by my agency to document the events. Some of my images were smuggled out of Iran and published by international magazines; one was even chosen as the cover of the June 29, 2009 edition of Time Magazine. Within few days of its publication, the government banned my images and issued an arrest warrent on me for the images published abroad. As a result, I had to leave Iran permanently. I left my country, as well as my studies, my friends, and my family. I fled to Turkey. After 16 months of waiting, Norway accepted me as a political refugee. In Norway, I made a new life. I also met many fellow Iranian immigrants some of whom work within the community at Iranian shops or with NGOs, or in the mainstream of everyday Norwegian life, as administrators or dentists.

We all have different reasons for having left Iran but we all hope to be able to return to our home—however, we hope to return to an Iran, where we are allowed to vote in truly democratic elections, speak freely, dress the way we want and choose our own religion and beliefs.

My Project “MOMENTS OF FREEDOM”

This project is my personal story, which also includes the stories of other Iranian immigrants in Norway, Turkey and USA. This is my opportunity to live, dream and see everyday the world with fresh eyes without forgetting my homeland. My Iran. Our Iran.

Like my journey, this project continues…

If you choose to support me, the money can be used on my journey about Iranians living abroad. The Iranian diaspora is made up of Iranian people living outside of Iran and their children born abroad.

Goal of the project:

The aim of the project is to produce an online photo documentary as well as a photo exhibition and publish a book. A number of my photos have already been shortlisted in various competitions, as well as being published in a few newspapers and magazines. With your support I hope to continue to lengthen this list and move my career forward.

 

Ankara, Turkey.
Danika is 9 years old and has been living in Turkey for the past 2 years. Davood’s wife is from Philippines. They met in Japan and married in Philippines. Davood was introduced to Christianity through his wife and converted from Islam to Christianity in Iran. His brother informed the authorities that Davood had changed his faith. He had to flee out of Iran because he was scared of being prosecuted. Davood is getting ready to go to church, where Iranian Christians get together once a week.
Photo: Javad M.Parsa

 

Nevshahir, Turkey.
Every Sunday Iranian asylum seekers get together in the local church of Kayseri and pray and mediate together in Persian, There are nearly 700 Iranian refugees in Nevshahir in Turkey. They have all applied for asylum through United Nations Office. Majority of Nevshahir population are Muslims..
Photo: Javad M.Parsa

 

Kayseri, Turkey.
Iranian Matin (26) is gay and has lived two years as a refugee in the Turkish city of Kayseri. He studied at the University of Isfahan when he became the girlfriend of one of his teachers.
– When his mother learned of the relationship, she took it very hard, and thus it became known to the rest of the family, Both family and friends denounced him, and the more people learned he was gay, the more scared he was for it to be publicly known.
Photo: Javad M.Parsa

 

Nevshahir, Turkey.
Payman and Marjan are two Iranian refugees who met in Turkey and decided to get married. Marjan has converted from Islam to Bahá’í Faith. She has been living in Turkey for the past 2 years. According to the Bahá’í Faith if both couple or one of them is a Bahá’í then Bahá’í marriage ceremony must be conducted as well as a civil marriage. Two people must be present to witness a Bahá’í marriage. The couple also must have consents from their parents in order to get married.
Photo: Javad M.Parsa

 

Nordagutu, Norway, 2010.
Children of Mustafa going to school in Nordagutu.
PARADISE Nordagutu: About three years I have documented Mustafa’s life. He was active in the
Democratic Party of Kurdistan, and has been a refugee since he was 21 years old. For eight years he lived in an apartment in Nevsehir in Turkey with his wife Halima and their girls Donya and Darya. In Autumn 2010 the whole family in Norway, and they have now moved to Telemark in Norway.
– Mustafa says he has found his paradise in Nordagutu (Nordagutu is a small vilage in Telemark in Norway)

 

PARADISE Nordagutu: About three years I have documented Mustafa’s life. He was active in the
Oslo, Norway, 2011
Democratic Party of Kurdistan, and has been a refugee since he was 21 years old. For eight years he lived in an apartment in Nevsehir in Turkey with his wife Halima and their girls Donya and Darya. In Autumn 2010 the whole family in Norway, and they have now moved to Telemark in Norway.
– Mustafa says he has found his paradise in Nordagutu ( Nordagutu is a small vilage in Telemark in Norway )
Photo: Javad M.Parsa

 

Farshad and Pega are buddhists and exercises yoga every day. They arrived in Norway one month ago and have settled down in Gran. Farshad and Pega hope that they one day can live with their family in Iran. They also hope to learn the Norwegian language and find work here.
Photo: Javad Parsa

 

Fazel has spent the last five years in a reception center, waiting for his application to be processed. He says it feels like his living in a prison. – I feel I am being treated like an animal, he says. Fazel’s hope is to get a positive answer from the Norwegian immigration authorities.
Photo: Javad Parsa

 

His name is Tehran. His parents chose the name Tehran as a reminder of his Persian roots and culture. He enjoy a day at outside home in Los Angeles.
Tehran “SoParvaz” (Tehran Ghasri) was born and raised in the United States to an Iranian father and a Black-American mother. He is a dynamic and high-energy entertainer hosting, performing, and organizing shows, comedy events and music concerts.

Places my work has been published:

WORLD PRESS PHOTO  (Participant in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass):

https://www.worldpressphoto.org/people/javad-parsa

Winner of FotoVisura Grant for outstanding Personal Photography project:

https://daylightbooks.org/blogs/news/17200301-recipient-the-2014-fotovisura-grant-javad-parsa

https://visura.co/grant/winners2014

Winner of Top 30 under 30 Magnum Photos 2014:

https://www.magnumphotos.com/

https://www.photofusion.org/the-photography-show-and-magnum-photos-present-photography-competition-30-under-30/

My photo choosen for the cover of the 29 june 2009 edition of Time Magazine:

https://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20090629,00.html

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/jul/05/javad-moghimi-iran-journalists-jailed

I was selected as a finalist in The 2014 Aftermath Project grant:

https://theaftermathproject.org/project/moments-freedom

My Project “MOMENTS OF FREEDOM”  is published 11 pages on one of Norway’s leading magazines Aftenposten A-Magasinet:

https://www.aftenposten.no/amagasinet/Javad-Parsa-gjorde-trussel-til-levebrod-8103796.html

My work has been published in newspapers and magazines:

https://www.javadparsa.com/-/published

My work has been published in Parallelozero Agency:

https://www.parallelozero.com/reportage/iran-refugees-395-0

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