MEHRAN CHERAGHCI BAZAR
Noah was a small passenger ship which was launched in Reza Shah Pahlavi’s reign. Noah was supposed to transfer passengers between East and West Azerbaijan Provinces’ railways, and it went through Lake Urmia which was the second largest salt lake of the world.
After Iran’s revolution in 1979, some dams were builded in that area to improve agriculture. Unfortunately, there were no proper and reliable climatic and geographical researches before starting these projects. As in 2000, 11 dams blocked the rivers flowing to Lake Urmia.
By launching these dams and recent drought years, the lake’s water reduced to a catastrophic level; leaving only a salt desert behind.
Destroying Lake Urmia caused salt storms. These events eradicated the tourist attractions and wildlife of this area.
Now, we only see the rusty carcass of the ship on a salty surface where used to be a charming lake.
Born in 1979 (Tabriz-Iran). His interest in art – particularly photography – started after earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering department from Arak University. He is a self-taught photographer. He continued as an amateur photographer until he held his first nature photo exhibition named “Under Zero”. This exhibition was set up with the aid of Eastern Azarbaijani State’s arts field. After this event, he kept on learning and working on photography seriously and professionally. Nowadays he is a professional artist, industrial and advertising photographer and teacher.
Since that time, he has held 8 solo photo exhibitions in Tehran, Tabriz , Istanbul and Bursa. His two latest exhibitions were “ Gonbad-e-Kaboud ” in Tabriz and “ Gelgiran ” in Bursa.
He extends his photography skills in different genres. His photos have been published in national and international magazines. He also holds photography classes in “The Youth Cinema Association”, exhibits workshops in Iran’s art universities and Turkey’s associations. He has published a book of his artwork named “I Will Greeting to Sunlight Again”.