Armenian Christians have lived peacefully in Iran for more than 400 years and represent the largest non-Muslim community in the country. While Armenians have faced some conflict with Iranian authorities over education, language and other rights, Christianity is officially recognized by the Iranian government and Armenians are free to practice their religious ceremonies alongside their Muslim neighbors.
Abbas Hajimohammadi obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from Qom University in Iran in 2006. Since then, he has participated in numerous regional and international photo festivals. Abbas’ work on Afghan refugees was published in Newsweek, and his documentary project on a schizophrenia ward in Tehran appeared on TIME LightBox.