Shot in his native Iran in 2002, Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Snow Series’ photographs verge on abstraction, and, much like his films, are concerned with reducing a subject to its essence. He compared his photography to haiku and literati paintings, both mediums that celebrate the natural environment through a minimalist aesthetic. For Kiarostami, the act of photography was primarily a form of existential introversion, a restorative reflection and connection with his self, a form of therapy away from the urban sprawl. The series is intended to engage viewers in an environment that infers the introspective element of Kiarostami’s art.
Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016) was a renowned Iranian film director, poet, photographer and screenwriter. Active from the early 1970s, he is among the most honored film directors; he was awarded the Palme d’Or for Taste of Cherry in 1997.
His photographs capture themes of landscape and nature using a simple contemplative approach. “Not being able to feel the pleasure of seeing a magnificent landscape with someone else is a form of torture,” the artist has said. “That is why I started taking
photographs. I wanted somehow to eternalize those moments of passion and pain.”
阿巴斯．奇亞羅斯塔米（Abbas Kiarostami）在 2002 年
阿巴斯．奇亞羅斯塔米 ( 1940 – 2016 ) 是伊朗知名的電
作品《櫻桃的滋味》於 1997 年榮獲「康城影展金棕櫚