Moments before the hanging
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Alireza Mafiha (23) lays his head on an executioner’s shoulder on 20 January, minutes before he and Mohammad Ali Sarvari (20) were hanged. The pair had been convicted of stabbing a man and stealing his bag, with belongings worth around €15. The man survived the attack. Iran is the second-highest executioner in the world. In 2013, the death sentence is believed to have been carried out on some 600 people.
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Amir Pourmand is an Iranian photographer with an extensive career covering sports, natural disasters in Iran and the Iranian presidential elections. In 2008, Pourmand earned a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Science and Culture in Tehran. He worked as a staff photographer for Iranian Labour News Agency in 2005 and Mehr News Agency in 2006, eventually becoming a freelance photographer in 2010.
His accolades include an Iranian Student’s News Agency (ISNA) Journalist/Photojournalist of the Year award in 2013, the 19th Iranian Press Festival 3rd place award, and the top award for the EBARA Winter Games among many other nominations. His work has been exhibited at numerous fairs and biennales such as the 5th Fadjr International Festival of Visual Arts in 2013, the “8th Parliament in ISNA’s Frame” a photo exhibition at the Iranian Parliament, and the 12th Iranian National Biennial of Photography in 2012. Amir’s work has been published by AP, Polaris, Reuters and Time. He currently lives in Tehran and works as a photographer for ISNA.