We are pleased to meet you on our site dedicated to Pierre Loti, a famous French writer. We are an international group of 3 photographers and a writer and we have been following the road followed by Mr. Loti during his trip through Iran on May 1900. On this site, you can see the story of this trip, and the photographs taken during our journey on May 2000, 100 years after the original trip. You will also be able to get more familiar with each member of this team as well as their art work, and you will have the ability to contact them or write them your impressions.
It was in 1998 that I saw the book of Pierre Loti "Vers Ispahan" (Towards Esfahan). It gave me the idea of traveling to Iran 100 years after him to see the changes during this time. I went to Iran during the winter of 1999 to make a test. I found out that the subject was so vast that it couldn't be done by one person without having dispersed and heterogeneous results. So I had the idea of inviting some people to join me in my trip. But why not people with different points of view one from the other? So I invited my friend Michel BEINE from Liege (Belgium) who has never been to Iran and was discovering this country for the first time. Then I proposed Arash AKHTARI-RAD to join us. A photographer from Iran who has never been abroad and only knows his own country. And finally my friend Bruno NYSSEN joined us to write about our journey.
For the trip, we decided to choose each, one subject and hold on to it. Michel chose to cover the roads, Arash photographed the old neighborhoods and their people, and I chose bazaars. We traveled through Iran on May 2000. Each of us has put his emotions and his way of seeing things at that moment into his art work. I invite you then to visit these pages dedicated to photographers, get to know them better and see their images, as well as the story of our trip written by Bruno.