A Story of a Last-Minute Act of Forgiveness

Photographerarash khamooshi
Entry Description

While recovering from a surgery at my house, I was asked by my friends to participate in a campaign aimed at saving Balal, a death row inmate's life. Balal was sentenced to death on the count of involuntary murder. We had to provide a court-ordered 115000$ settlement to the victim's family. I was contacted again two days before the execution date to go to Nour city and spend the remaining hours trying out best to save Balal’s life. We arrived there among the pre-execution hubbub. The following photos were taken on the execution day (from 4 to 6 a.m.), and they narrate the story of his forgiveness.

About Photographer

Arash Khamooshi August 5, 1983, Kermanshah. B.A. in Photography from Azad University (Faculty of Art and Architecture) - 2007 Staff photographer at ISNA news agency (2005-present) Winner of multiple photography awards, including: • 1st place, Urban Press Competition – 2006 • 2nd place, Photography competition on the occasion of Iranian President’s provincial tour – 2007 • 3rd place, Iran-e-Ma (Our Iran) Competition – 2007 • 1st Place, Fars Competition – 2008 • 3rd Place, For a Better Life _ 2008 • 1st Place, Press Award (news report category), 2013 Multiple national and international group exhibitions