In 1979 during the Islamic Revolution in Iran French photographer Christine Spengler donned the veil to snap Iranian women.
It was time of volatile, high-octane fanaticism, but she did have one advantage: “A man could never have done that without being accused of being a spy hiding under a veil. For me it was easy,” she explained.
She also shot pictures in Afghanistan: “This series was immediately published by Paris Match. Those women carrying babies wrapped up, wearing eyeliner like Egyptian mummies, you couldn’t tell whether they were still alive. I am still a very engaged woman and I document grief and pain in black in white, the beauty of the world in colour, with the flaming colours, which I never used while covering wars.”
À voir l'exposition de Christine Spengler à la Maison Européenne de la Photographie pic.twitter.com/UsAZYQkyxS— jeanne barrot (
jeannebarrot) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeannebarrot/status/736519247472525312">28 mai 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> Christine Spengler has a major show in Paris, which exhibits her work from Northern Ireland, Cambodia and the Middle East as well as he pictures that celebrate "the beauty of the world." <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="da" dir="ltr">Christine Spengler - Irlande, 1972... <a href="https://t.co/Hdf1B7OU76">pic.twitter.com/Hdf1B7OU76</a> <a href="https://t.co/LkRkydE6we">https://t.co/LkRkydE6we</a> <a href="https://t.co/gPPtJrNqVz">pic.twitter.com/gPPtJrNqVz</a></p>— Retrospective (RetroPhotoPics) 15 mai 2016
Her show ‘Christine Spengler Opera du Monde 1970-2016 is at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie de Paris.