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Black's pronouncement springs to mind when looking at the striking photographs in Iranian photographer Azadeh Akhlaghi's latest series, "By An Eyewitness". In these 17 meticulously staged tableaux, the photographer recreates a century of violent deaths among Iran's political activists and militants, creating beautiful images from barbaric cruelty. Akhlaghi's photographs are currently on show at Somerset House in London, as part of a collective exhibition of work by eight artists entitled "Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography," curated by Fariba Farshad.It took Akhlaghi three years to research the series, which includes murders, assassinations and accidental and mysterious deaths, as well as a few lucky subjects who died of natural causes.Akhlaghi restages the murder of political writer Mirzadeh Eshghi by gunmen on July 3, 1924, in the beautiful paved courtyard of a traditional house.Akhlaghi exhibited her work in Tehran before showing it abroad and says the show provided an outlet for long-repressed emotions.Azadeh Akhlaghi's "By An Eyewitness" is on show at Somerset House in London as part of the collective exhibition "Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography" until June 1 .
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