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In a society that is traditionally family-oriented, being an orphan has a stigma attached that is difficult to overcome, even in your adult life. In Iran, a country that has lost an entire generation to its war with Iraq, as well as struggling with a harsh climate and the effects of poverty, orphans have become a serious problem that the government does not like to admit to. This void is partly filled by private charities, as in this orphanage sponsored by Mr. Sanati, who allows his orphans to adopt his well-respected family name and thus helping them to regain some social standing.

The Nameless
Typologies #03: Iran Orphans

Photography by Kai von Rabenau
A selection of the series is currently on view at Uncommon Place / Appointment only