Hilaneh Mahmoudi

Refugee Children in Istanbul
Location: Istanbul
Nationality: Iranian
Biography: Born in Tehran, Hilaneh Mahmoudi has degrees in mathematics and education from Azad University in Iran and York University in Canada. She has worked as a photographer on commissions by international NGOs in social and developmental projects... read on

As the Syrian war began and the inevitable crisis of refugees pouring in to turkey started, many NGOs and volunteers started humanitarian work in istanbul and other cities.  

I also started working with a few other volunteers, specifically on sending Syrian children to school. Many families, still in shock of the war, tired of the journey and terrified of the unknown future, forget about the present and how life must go on, especially for the children who are growing and changing every day.  Some don’t  think about their children’s interrupted education while they are trying to catch their breath.  

The pictures in this project are an ongoing attempt at documenting the life of some of the families we personally work with.  


By Hilaneh Mahmoudi —


Face to face with covid19

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — This is the pod cast and photo essay about my journey through covid 19 recovery.  (Possible to listen on Spotify as well, onspec podcast)..

Afghan Refugees

By Visura — The Afghan refugees residing in Iran and neighbouring countries are in need of urgent help and support.   Iran has hosted more than three..

Myanmar, Reflection on a Reverie

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — I stand in front of the sea, in the middle of the fishing village of Jaketaw in Ngapali, watching local life as it unfolds. I see a perfect line-up..

Street Portraits

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — Ever since I was a child, I've been drawn in to the gaze of people, wether stranger or not, to the point of obsession.  One of my first..

Townships of Cape Town

By Visura — These images were taken in August of 2017 in 2 of the biggest townships of Cape Town, South Africa.  Langa and Khayelitsha. Unfortunately..

Nepal Water Struggle

By Visura — I was in Nepal November of 2017, to document the work of IRHA, a Swiss NGO working in the field of rain water harvesting in parts of Nepal as well..
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