Know the Kolbars by Moslem Azimi

A kolbar is a worker who is employed to carry goods on his/her back across the borders of Iran, Iraq , Syria and Turkey legally or illegally. The situation and working conditions of Kolbar are rarely discussed in the media, usually only in the form of short reports on regional websites such as Telegram about deaths of Kolbar. The Kolbar work under very harsh conditions In the film Time of the Drunken Horses by the film director Bahman Ghobadi, brief insights into the everyday life of the Kolbar are given. In both Iran and Turkey many young male and female kolbars have been shot dead by government forces. In many cases crossing the border is against the law, and the kolbars are shot.

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Nikon 7200 with 18-300mm | Exposure 1/160sec @ f/14 | Focal Length 35mm | ISO 100

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October 27, 2020



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Photograph Location
Kurdistan Province, Iran

Even though Moslem Azimi lives in Iran and has Iranian nationality, his origin is Kurdish not Persian. He did his Bachelor of Arts in English Translation. He loves photography, however, he doesn’t have academic education in it. He learned photography by himself. He is part of many photography groups and has been exhibiting his works in both national and international photography exhibitions. Azimi’s goal is to portray the Kurdish lifestyle, method of living, their culture, and tradition thought his photography.

Current Location
Javanrud, Kermanshah Province, Iran


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