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Michael Mcilvaney

Lensculture, Street Photography 2021 – Series Winner

Lensculture, Street Photography Editors’ Picks – 2019, 2021.

British Photography Awards – Finalist, Street Category 2021   


“Thank you also for showing me the images of your beautiful home town of Shiraz. Your guided tour took me through the town in a series of diptychs and triptychs and gave me a real flavor of the place where you practice your photography. You have clearly given the editing and sequencing of your book some serious thought for which the viewer will be rewarded…The image of your town in the center works well and gives the reader a better understanding of place and provides context.”


Richard Baker

He is known for ‘Red Arrows’, a book about Britain’s Royal Air Force aerobatic team and for three decades of commissioned editorial photography, personal reportage projects and book collaborations with writers.
Canon Photographer (1983); BIPP/Fuji Student Awards (1986); World Press (1994); PoY (1996).


“I have enjoyed looking at your view of modern Iran, especially as we only experience a very different view of your country over here. I did enjoy a BBC series recently about Iran and the Shahnameh texts which taught me a lot about your country… I think you’ve managed to show some very clever juxtapositions and hope you will have this work printed in some way so I wish you every success with it.”


Elena Dunaeva

Moscow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Department of Iranian Studies – Postgraduate Studies, 1986-1990.
Senior Researcher – 1998 – Present, Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow, Department of Iranian Studies
Associate professor (Persian language) 1996-2006, Moscow State University of International Relations
Associate professor (Persian language) 2003-2006, Oriental University, Moscow.


“I have been to Shiraz three times. It is a city of palaces, parks, mosques. Your photos show a different Shiraz. More vital, more real.
We don’t see a tourist facade of the city; we see the street’s life. I have seen many symbols. They disclose to us the problems of modern Iran, show the interplay of tradition and modernity, emphasize the reality, give room for imagination.
I think it’s an interesting project.”


Panos Kefalos

He is best known for his book “Saints” that was published in July 2016 by Fabrica
Street Photography Awards 2017, Finalist
Magnum Photography Awards 2017, Finalist, Open

“I really like your photographs and the point of view about your city.
I believe you use a symbolic way with a hint often in your shots, but on the other hand you search for a poetic way, atmosphere and tranquility.   
I think it can be a beautiful photo book.”


Alex Coghe

Photojournalist featured on Life Force Magazine, La Stampa, Il Giornale, Cuartoscuro, Foto Zoom, Prisma News, L’Indro, Leica Camera Blog, El Sol de Tlaxcala, EL Financiero, Excelsior, Witness Journal, Athens Voice, Gaceta UNAM, Huffington Post, The Guilty Code, Mas Por Mas, Outscape Photography, Everybody Street, FIOF, Inspired Eye, Best Selected, Focus on the Story, DOC!, Samsung, Fujifilm, Mexico Desconocido.


“About your work: I think it is a good work with a mixture of portraits, street photos and images showing the context. I like the fact you were able to make a right combination that achieves to document, giving to me as a viewer the sense of the place. This is exactly what I want to see in street documentary works.”


Stephen Leslie


His book, “Sparks” is Adventures in Street Photography


“It was absolutely fascinating to see your images of Shiraz, which looks like an amazing place. I have not seen much contemporary Iranian photography .so, it was most interesting to me to look through your photographs, many of which provide a great insight in to your country and its differences and similarities to my own culture and experience.I think that the sequencing / edit of the book works well, you have found some good contrasts and compliments with your images and it certainly makes me want to see more, which is always a good sign.”        



He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He was the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan, from 2009 until 2019 when it lost its lease and closed. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport.


“Like most Americans, I don’t know much about Iran, but have always heard that the Iranian people are generally very nice and most like America and Americans… I love cities, have always lived in them, and appreciate that you are documenting Shiraz, a place I’ve never heard of before.”


Johannes Reinhart


Johannes has won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year and was a Lensculture Street Photography finalist.  His work has been widely shown and exhibited around the world.


“There’s some really interesting work in your book and I love how you see detail.It’s great to see you enjoying your photography and seeing your perspective of life in Shiraz. For you it might be normal, but for me it’s quite exotic.”