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Tehran's bazaar is enormous and a great experience. Not in terms of archaic vistas but in its size and vividness. This is not a place of medieval craftsmen, of authentic and less authentic tourist souvenirs, but of modern business men. It is divided into regions dedicated to certain type of goods. Apart of a huge, maze like, carpet district, the region where gold is sold was the most interesting one for me. What as scenes one can see there. What a contrast between black robes of Muslim women and glittering of tons of gold trinkets, between inaccessible and possible, between desires and prohibitions!

Scanned by Nicon CoolScann ED-IV. Cropped and manipulated by Curves tool. Since the sharpness was not great (hand held shot in bad light conditions) the picture was sharpened at 4000 pix width using Unsharp mask, level 35, 6 pix radius. Resampled to 700 pix width and sharpened again with Unsharp mask, level 55, 1 pix radius. Additionally manually sharpened here and there (mostly on gold objects). JPEG level 50 (Corel PhotoPaint notation).

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