Iran, 40 years on: A revolution through books
“White covers” were political books that showed the rich diversity of ideas in Iran before the revolution. “There was a diversity of ideas – communist, Marxist, Islamist thinking – that was interesting,” Darabi tells us. “These books were banned, they were hidden in the mountains and with the revolution they came out, suddenly sold on the streets of Tehran.”
Darabi’s own book, “Enghelab Street: A Revolution Through Books”, looks that those “white covers” and at the books that followed, which were more focused on photographs. “Documentary photography became a very important visual language after the revolution,” she explains.