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Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Natural springs in Mazandaran, Iran.
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Stunning photos by an Iranian physicist capture the Iran outsiders never get to see

Anne Quito
By Anne Quito

Design and architecture reporter

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji is a 25-year-old Iranian physics student. But he spends his free time obsessing over how to make photos that will reveal Iran’s architectural heritage and natural beauty to the rest of the world.

Interrupting the usual barrage of headlines about nuclear warheads and oil rigs, the self-taught photographer offers rare views from inside his country’s historic buildings, baths, mosques and ancient ruins. For many outdoor images, Ganji shoots at night to capture Iran’s crystalline starlit sky.

“I saw that there were not enough good photos from the attractions of my country, so I decided to start this type of photography,” Ganji tells Quartz. “Many places in Iran are very beautiful, but still unknown.”

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Historic bath in Isfahan
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Niavaran Palace in Tehran
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
The “Pink Mosque”
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Palace of Ardashir, Fars
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Persepolis
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae
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