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Humans (2006)

Mohammadreza Mirzaei photographs with precision and dispassion. Setting up his camera at a distance, he sees and records anonymous people, "humans", making cameo appearances, alone or in groups, frozen against backdrops of expansive and empty white skies.

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances..."
William Shakespeare. As You Like It.

We can view Mr. Mirzaei's photographs literally, as pure documents of time passing in a specific place at various given moments. Life goes on, people come and go, interact, continue on their separate ways, and the land and sky always remain. Or, we can look a little deeper and interpret the images allegorically, as a comment or exploration of the nature of our human condition. Mr. Mirzaei, with reserved sensibility, kindly provides us with an opportunity to quietly reflect and consider the reasons for our existence.

It is a worthy subject to ponder, and this is a worthy group of photographs. Thank you Mr. Mirzaei.

Michael Kenna