Interesting and provocative series of photographs on The New York Times: Veiled Truths. Fatemi said:
From last April through September, I photographed about 20 women who agreed to participate. They were from a variety of social classes. Some voluntarily wore the hijab, others wore it only because it was required. The wearing of the hijab is enforced in part by a volunteer citizens’ militia, the Basij, as well as what are called the “guidance” police. They roam the popular streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, monitoring religious observance.
Improper dress code, including insufficient coverage of a woman’s head, shoulders and chest in public is officially illegal and can incur arrest and fines. Though Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, whom many see as a moderate and a reformer, has said publicly that guidance on women’s dress code should be encouraged through education rather than enforced by the police, secular Iranian women continue to face censure for insufficiently modest dress.
Below: one of the women pictured in Fatemi’s series. Her name is Nazanin.