The Afro Iranian of Busher - Giacomo Sini Photography


In Bushehr port, one of the richest cities of Iran in terms of fossil fuels and natural resources, a community with African origins lives. However, the recent history of slavery is unknown to most of the citizens, even the Afro-Iranians. In the prosperous times of nineteenth century thousands of African slaves were transported to the important ports of Persian Gulf. Numerous African communities all across the Gulf’s coasts have come into existent from the offspring of the slaves whom merchants settled in the date and pearl production, in response to the global demand for these two precious commodities. However, the discovery of oil and gas and declination of traditional industries radically changed the life of many. Masters became poor along their former slaves area and disconnected people from their history. The collection, pictures the extended poverty that people in Bushehr, as well as many other Iranian provinces, have to deal with. Drawing on the locals conversation, it shows how the Afro-Iranians apathy towards their history, comes from their frustration with their constant strives for making the ends meet. It also captures the unique and omnipresent influence of African cultural heritage on the region's folklore and religion.




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