TEHRAN – A photo exhibition was inaugurated last Tuesday in Tehran to display photos from the shrine of Imam Reza (as), the eighth Imam of the Shiites.
The Mehrsun Complex organizes the exhibition to celebrate the birthday of Imam Reza (AS), which this year falls on June 11.
Titled “Affection for the Eight,” the exhibition features 75 photographs depicting pilgrims visiting the holy shrine of Imam Reza (as) and scenes of the beauty of the religious site.
The exhibition is curated with contributions from Astan Quds Razavi, the organizational custodian of the Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to go on pilgrimage to Mashhad,” Alireza Janeh, an official from Astan Quds Razavi, said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
“Through this exhibition, we intend to create a spiritual atmosphere of pilgrimage for visitors to the exhibition,” he noted.
“The organizers and photographers participating in this exhibition all feel affection for Imam Reza (AS), and I was impressed by their photos,” he added.
Janeh said that although the call for the exhibition was only published at the end of May, the collection shows that the photographers went to great lengths to take the photos.
Seyyed Ali Hosseini, Director of the Government-Parliamentary Relations Office, also attended the opening ceremony.
“Only divine works of art remain eternal…if you study art schools all over the world, you see that only those who create works of art for God’s sake have remained in people’s memory,” he noted.
The ceremony continued by honoring the best photos from the exhibition, which will run until June 15.
The first prize was awarded to Amir-Ali Javadian, followed by Hamid Azizi and Hamidreza Habibi.
Hamed Khalili, Mostafa Yusefi and Hadi Dehqanpur received honorable mentions.
The birthday of the eighth Imam of the Shiites is celebrated with a wide variety of cultural programs in different Iranian provinces during the International Imam Reza (AS) Festival.
The ten-day festival opens each year with the celebration of the birthday of Hazrat Masumeh (SA), sister of the Imam (AS), at her holy shrine in Qom and ends with honoring a number of top performers on his birthday in Mashhad.
Pictured: People visit the ‘Affection for the Eight’ exhibition at the Mehrsun Complex in Tehran. (Honaronline/Gata Ziatabari)