August this year I traveled to George Town on the Malaysian island of Penang for Obscura photo festival, where Trading to Extinction was exhibited at an amazing location in the centre of the old city. Besides being a brilliant photo festival, I saw some incredible projections and exhibitions. I also caught up with some old friends and made some new ones. One of those new friends was a young Iranian photographer called Fatemeh Behboudi. I was introduced to her through Maggie Steber, who was having a workshop at the festival. Fatemeh Behboudi presented a body of work consisting of about 50 images. A month on, some of these images are still in the forefront of my mind. The project was about the public hanging in Iran, and the work was incredibly powerful. Here’s a young lady who a few years ago had never used a camera, however the project was complete with the maturity of a person that has been photographing for many years. Fatemeh Behboudi had worked the story – she moved around the subject so you got a very good understanding of the emotional implications of being there. If you’re interested in seeing and knowing more about Fatemeh Behboudi, here’s a link to a The New York Lens blog interview with her.