Abbas Kiarostami (Iranian, b. 1940)
Untitled (From The Snow White Series)
signed in Farsi and numbered '1/1' (on the reverse)
photographic print on canvas; triptych
each panel: 76¾ x 39½ in. (194 x 100 cm.);
overall: 76¾ x 118 7/8 in. (194 x 302 cm.)
Executed in 2010

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Lot Essay

"You could pass by a landscape hundreds of times and then, one fine day, suddenly, be attracted and captivated by it. The landscape is still the same you passed by many times, but the light has rendered it more attractive. It is the same thing for a face. It happens that, looking in a mirror, one may find one's face more beautiful today than yesterday. I think that this has nothing to do with one's skin, with one having slept well the night before, or with one being happy inside. Of course, all that I have mentioned is undeniable, but what has made one's face more beautiful today than yesterday is only light; adequate light. One must pay attention to the light."
Abbas Kiarostami

In his Snow White photographic series, Kiarostami explores solitary scenes of snowy landscapes, capturing the mountains on the shores of the Caspian. Such works are the result of the artists long walks in search of film locations, leading him to stunningly desolate areas of Iran which, when captured as still images, evoke a sense of meditative solitude. At times, the viewer is left to contemplate a detail of the landscape such as the motif of a tree or shoot while audiences are also presented with breathtaking panoramic views, highlighting the overwhelming impact of nature. There is also a charming simplicity to these works, as expressed in a poem written by Kiarostami as the opening verse of his Snow White catalogue for the collection:

"On a snowy morning
I run out
hatless and coatless
happy as a child"
(Abbas Kiarostami, Snow White: Abbas Kiarostami Photo Collection, 1978-2004, 2005).

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