/ 2023 / /


An Iranian woman sits on a chair in front of a busy square in Tehran, defying the mandatory hijab law. Massive protests in Iran began after the arrest and death of Mahsa “Jina” Amini (22) a Kurdish woman who was taken into custody by the Islamic Republic’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s mandatory hijab law. The protest spread all regions of the country, involving all age groups, social classes. To demonstrate their opposition to the government, women in Iran have been going out in public without wearing hijab, turning everyday life into an act of civil disobedience.

Ahmad Halabisaz is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller who focuses on social issues, personal projects and documenting the impact of conflict in mostly the Middle East. He divides his time between Iran and Afghanistan. Halabisaz studied photojournalism at the Iranian Journalists Association University in Tehran and has worked in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Syria. His photographs have appeared in Time, Le Monde, among other international media outlets.

Awards The Deadline Club Awards New York 2007
The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar 2007.
World Press Photo Award 2023.