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I realized from walking around the parliament and reading the books that were given to me that many, many photographers have mostly given their platform to men and most of the important images that are in the parliament and that are documented are of male politicians throughout history and women have been absent for many, many years. I thought it was my chance, my opportunity to do the opposite and make the women visible and make the men not disappear, but that we cannot see their faces.  So all the male politicians that I photographed you can only see their backs or they’re talking so you can’t see their faces and all the women are in front of my lens and you can see their faces.

 – Newsha Tavakolian