She was so drawn by the 19th-century pictures of women with thick black eyebrows wearing head scarves and short skirts over baggy pants that two years later, in , she began incorporating the imagery into her own photography. Using clothes from the late s, she dressed female friends and posed them in front of painted backdrops to look like the women in the antique photos. But her women appeared with something modern: a newspaper, a tape recorder, a vacuum cleaner. The shots became known as the Qajar series and made her one of Iran's most famous female photographers. Ghadirian's mentor was Bahman Jalali, a veteran photographer and the former director of the museum, who was also inspired by photographs of women from the 19th century.
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In Iran, women's rights have changed according to the form of government ruling the country. The idea and concepts of women's rights have changed daily. These shifts came from standard views, such as history, legal and cultural laws, and occurred through daily conversation and individual choices. The rights and legal status of Iranian women have changed since the early 20th century, especially during the past three systems of government. During the Qajar dynasty that ruled Iran from the late s to the early 20th century, women were isolated; they were not engaged in politics and their economic contribution was limited to household work. These conditions changed during the Pahlavi dynasty that ruled the country from to ; women had much more freedom. In Iran, women's rights are limited compared to those in most developed nations. The new global Georgetown University , Washington, D.
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