The family said they almost didn't make it because of confusion on the ground."They (were) asking a lot of questions.They (were trying) to, even over the tickets, (trying) to make something, find something to can stop her," said Hooman Ashkanzad of his wife and daughter.

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Although they often use narrative as a vehicle, storytelling interests them less, perhaps, than making statements does.

Which makes perfect sense, the power of images to provoke being what it is — and the necessity for statements in such a turbulent region being what it is.

As of February 2014 it is also required for UK and Canadian citizens to either be part of a group tour or have a private guide to receive a visa to Iran.

Obtaining an Iranian visa is roughly a two-step process: 1) a travel authorization number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign affairs, and 2) the actual tourist visa issued by an Iranian consulate.

Advertisement To take what may be the most impressive example of statement-making — certainly, it’s the most direct — there’s the Yemeni photographer Boushra Almutawakel’s nine-image sequence, “Mother, Daughter, Doll.” In it, Almutawakel manages to state the case against the oppression of women in fundamentalist Islamic societies with a deadpan wit that’s heartbreaking.

A smiling woman wearing a head scarf holds a smiling child who holds a doll.

It’s a common belief that Iran holds the same status as Cuba for American citizens (i.e., that it’s illegal to visit without special permission from the U. Currently, about 1,000-1,500 Americans visit Iran each year.

Although the United States has imposed sanctions against Iran, there are currently no restrictions on American citizens visiting Iran as tourists.

These fugitives should not be given the benefit of the doubt.

The biggest fish, though, was Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who had been charged with being part of a conspiracy that from 2005 to 2012 procured thousands of parts with nuclear applications for Iran via China. S.-made sensors for the uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran whose progress had prompted the nuclear deal talks in the first place.

In both circumstances, we still had ample time to explore, walk the streets and browse the bazaars (markets) on our own.