Here’s why pictures of Iranian photojournalist are going viral

During FIFA World Cup 2018, female fans of the sport were allowed to enter the ‘Azadi’ stadium for the first time to watch the telecast of Iran vs Spain on a big screen. But that’s it; women never got to witness the players playing in the stadium live.

By Author  |  Published: 9th Aug 2018  7:30 pmUpdated: 9th Aug 2018  9:23 pm
Iranian photojournalist

Before hailing the badass Parisa Pourtaherian, let us get ourselves aquainted with the context. So, In Iran, women are banned from entering any stadium where a sport is played by men.

During FIFA World Cup 2018, female fans of the sport were allowed to enter the ‘Azadi’ stadium for the first time to watch the telecast of Iran vs Spain on a big screen. But that’s it; women never got to witness the players playing in the stadium live.

Now, back to Parisa Pourtaherian, an alumnus of the University of Tehran, who has been affiliated as a photographer with FCKIA Academy and IR Iran Volleyball Federation. When she was denied entry into the stadium, she climbed atop a building near Vatani Stadium in Qaemshahar, took out her giant lens and started covering the men’s soccer match for her photo agency.

This way, she not only escaped the country’s censure but also managed to get some good snaps of the games. However, she could only cover half the match due to the distance of the building from the stadium. Netizens are naturally hailing this daring act and the pictures clicked by her with the giant lens are now all over the internet.

Therefore, what else does Parisa Pourtaherian deserve apart from going viral? That’s right — crazy respect!