Art and Experience: The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (GAIFF) held an exhibition of Abbas Kiarostami’s photo series “The Road” at the Dalan Art Gallery on July 12, the organizers announced last week.

The exhibit was organized on the third day of the festival to pay tribute to the Iranian filmmaker and photographer who died on July 4 at the age of 76.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Majid Barzegar, the Iranian jury member of the Armenian Panorama section of the festival, said that the world cinema has lost a great filmmaker.

“I had known Kiarostami for the past 20 years. His photos are very special, just like his films. They portray the nature of Iran. I have attended most of his photo exhibits, but each time, I was attracted to new things and enjoyed them a lot,” he said.

Harutyun Khachatryan, the Golden Apricot festival director, regarded Kiarostami a friend and aide to the festival.

He added that this is the second time Kiarostami’s collection of photos has been displayed. The first time was in 2004 during the second edition of the festival, at which time 40 photos were shown and later donated to the Parajanov Museum by Kiarostami.

In addition, Kiarsotami’s 1997 film “Taste of Cherry, which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, was screened in the tribute section of the festival.

The festival will be running until July 17.