Humans of Kurdistan
The "Humans Of Kurdistan" project aims to present the cultural diversity of the country. A look at the faces but also the stories that lie behind each of them.
Humans of Kurdistan - South 22

April 20, 2020

“I liked photography since primary school. I finished the College of Fine Arts at the end of 1989 and started photographing. I had decided that is what I want to do. It was 1993, I went to a wedding celebration in a village in Sharbazher. When I went to the house, they immediately called me, saying ‘Kak Awat, come eat first, food is ready.’ They brought me a huge amount of food on a tray, and I love food. After I ate, I came out of the house and I saw they had prepared food on the roof and they were just about to eat. When they saw me, they didn’t know I had already eaten, so they called me up to sit with them. So, I quietly sat there, and had that much food again. But when I got up to work, my eyes were wide open.”

“When the wedding started, I started taking photos, I found something very strange. I saw the groom had a crooked leg when he was standing with bride, but when he was dancing Halparke, he was fine. I couldn’t hold back and asked one of the people there ‘why is he like that?” He said, ‘He is a shepherd, he is always riding a donkey so his leg has taken that shape.”