Sina Motamed Rad (1990) is a photojournalist from Iran whose artworks narrates the interplay, psychological intensity and motivations between individuals. He seeks to capture images of emotions, suffering, furies, and hatred embodied in a human framework. In his perspective, the face of every person showcase a series of events that tell the story of a person's life.
Ashura is the tenth day of Muḥarram month in Islamic calendar. For the majority of Shia Muslims Ashura marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on in October 10, 680 CE.
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This photo is part of the photo series Ashura mourning. The title of this photo is 'Fire girl'. Like other mourners, she has been dressed muddy and stood behind a fire to dry her clothes.
This photo has known as one of the Smithsonian magazine top photo of the year of 2017, it was truly a unique moment amongst other mourners. People are tired after hours of mourning. They also have been seeing photographers around them and because of that they perform more sensibly with the cameras. It is not exaggerating to say that there were more than ten photojournalists around these mourners.
The sacred cradle
The sacred cradle is a symbol of a young child who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala with Imam Hussein companions. This cradle is seen as a sacred symbol in the Ashura religion and is in fact a kind of shrine. Believers can ask for their needs. Sometimes they put some money inside the cradle or hang it.
Boy in Bijar city
Boy in Bijar city during the mourning ceremonies of Ashura. Children witness violence and religious extremism.