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Nothing special, yes maybe. Just a snapshot from a street, feet cut off and only half of a woman seen on the side.

And yet, to me this is rather special. This was the only time I found the courage, and opportunity, to take a close photo of Iranian women walking in my direction. This is from the northeastern city of Mashhad, where my time machine dropped me off in 1973.

This was long before the islamic revolution in Iran, but Mashhad is one of the most conservative and religious cities in the country, and a foreigner wasn't really supposed to take photos of women in the streets. It may have been easier in the modern parts of Tehran, but Mashhad was a very different case.

So while far from being a perfect photo, this is a bit dear to me for what it shows. In that I include the fantastic bread hanging outside the bakery. I think this is a nân-e sangak, a traditional Iranian whole wheat leavened flatbread. Like similar kinds of nan breads it's delicious when very fresh.

I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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