Billboard/poster in Shiraz, Iran

by Downs Jim

billboardposter in shiraz iran seeking critique downs jim

Gallery: Asia - Middle East - Iran - Shiraz & Persepolis

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Street

Exif Information:
Make : SONY
Model : DSLR-A350
Date Time Original : 2008-09-28 14:39:08
Focal Length : 75/1
Exposure Time : 1/640
F Number : 9.0
Iso Speed Ratings : 1600
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 112
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows

Published: Tuesday 10th of March 2009 12:01:55 AM


Maurizio Moro
Very interesting, but I cannot understand the...message! Ha,ha,ha!!!...Ciaomau!

Jim Downs
Hi Dara, Thanks for the detailed explanation. I had been thinking it was some sort of political message but couldn't figure out what it could possibly be about. Now that I know it is a film it all makes sense. I've organized two tours to Iran and Central Asia in the past four years and I'm trying to make it an annual event. Hope to be back again this fall. You can see journals and more photos at: or There will be a lot more Iranian material from my 2008 visit posted in about two weeks. Cheers, Jim

Karl Schuler
Interesting story. I was thinking that the man was known to all of us ;-) Karl

Dara P.
Explanation.... Hi Jim, It is a Cinema/Movie theater, The poster is advertising a very popular comic film by the name of “Dah Raghami” which means literally “Ten Digits”. The story of the film in which interestingly a very expensive Persian carpet :-) is stolen by a incompetent thief (the laughing man on the left of the poster) from a museum ….”Ten digits” is the value of the stolen carpet in Iranian currency Tumans (or 10 plus 10 zeros) (in Iranian Rials as you may know it would be eleven digits). If you look closely you will recognize the numeral ‘10’on the poster in red. On the top in blue (Persian/Farsi script) is written “Cinema Bahman” or “Bahman’s Cinema” the name of the cinema/ movie theater. (The film is very funny indeed.) I hope now it's more clear for people viewing this image…. I like this shot, interesting that your eye was drawn to this….as you say you shot the image from a bus I can tell by the little reflections. In any case a good shot…. Best Regards (hope you visit Iran again sometimes, your pictures are very interesting and nice and be sure you have many friends here :-))

Jim Downs
Iranian Billboard Okay, it was taken from a bus but it is one of the more entertaining billboards I've seen. Perhaps a viewer who reads Farsi could explain what the subject matter is.

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