Arimin Karami / A Public Hanging

Posted May 31, 2012

Arimin Karami lives in Tehran, Iran.

EXPLICIT CONTENT: may not be suitable for all audiences. A man is hanged after being convicted of killing four members of a family, in Qazvin, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of the capital Tehran, Iran.


Powerful images are made when the ordinary becomes beautiful. Conflict Photographers take that which is ordinary within a situation and expose the atrocity of that event in a single image. These images are powerful because they are skillfully wrought but too because they are of an ordinary that is outside our basis of comparison. These public displays of violence and death are captured frame by frame, each telling a complete story. Together they encompass a way of modern law and barbarianism that make the images beautiful and unbearable, but that will, in the best of situations, make us less indifferent.