A car sitting outside the city walls of Yazd' old town at sunset
A woman in hijab walking through an alley in Yazd' old town
Two images of sandcoloured alleys with arches in Yazd
A playground with sandcoloured walls around it, and badgirs (windcatchers) in the background
Left: doorway built into a old house, right: a woman in hijab walking through the arched alleys of Yazd
Left: doorway with Persian writing in white and a gas line, right: three doors leading into an abandoned house with arches
Left: teal blue mosaic dome of a mosque with abandoned house in the foreground, right: sandy alleyway wiht a telephone pole
The courtyard of an abandoned house with elaborate decorations above the doors
Badgirs (windcatchers) skyline of Yazd' old town


About Yazd Streets

Yazd is a historical city in the central desert of Iran, about 600km south of the Iranian capital of Tehran. The old town is shaped by the sun, with its sandcoloured buildings and dusty streets. The city is well known for it's badgirs (windcatchers), an architectural feature that allows ventilation and cooling of buildings. Water is scarce, especially in summer. The heat during the summer days is so intense that most people hide indoors or in the shade, leaving the city streets deserted.

The intense summer heat drives Yazd' inhabitants to the shade.

About the streets project

Few things are more telling about communities than the streets they live on and around. The Streets project aims to document living conditions and the state of communities in places that are only known in the West by the news of their wars, poverty, and other hardships. This project is about showing the daily life that's not commonly featured.