Fotomonday: A Life On The Road by Miriam Stanke

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.




The Bakhtiari form one of the still existing nomadic and semi nomadic tribes in the Zagros mountains, located in the South West of Iran. They live a life between traditions and the slowly approaching modern era.

The younger generations often support the autumn and spring migration through the mountains. However, more and more Bakhtiari become semi nomads as they prefer living in the cities due to extreme climatic as well as living conditions.

A Life On The Road is a documentation that portrays a bygone life which once stood for freedom and wideness. The severity and the rhythm of nature stand opposite to the conveniences of a permanent home. Being on the edge of tradition and modernity, they keep on living the life they know and continuously try to find their place.



Miriam Stanke is a German documentary photographer born near Heidelberg in 1983. After studying psychology and communications design, she started working as a freelance photographer in 2012. In January 2015 she finished her masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC). She was shortlisted for the Bar-Tur Photobook Award 2014 as well as for the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles in 2015 and the Kassel Book Dummy Award 2016. Amongst other awards she received the Flash Forward Award by Magenta Foundation in 2015 as well as the Graduate Photographers Award by Magnum Photos and Photo London. Her work was exhibited at several shows including Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Backlight Festival in Tampere (Finland), OFF/FOTO Mannheim Ludwigshafen, Kunstverein Mannheim, Westwerk Leipzig (Germany) and OFF Triennale Hamburg (Germany).

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All images and text © Miriam Stanke