Silver 2017 Editorial / sports

Zurkhane

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/sports
  • Photographer
    Jordi Cohen

Zurkhaneh is a traditional Iranian system of athletics originally used to train warriors. It combines martial arts, strength training and music. Recognized by UNESCO as among the world's longest-running forms of such training, it fuses elements of pre-Islamic Persian culture (particularly Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and Gnosticism) with the spirituality of Shia Islam and Sufism. Practiced in a domed structure called the zurkhaneh, training sessions consist mainly of ritual gymnastic movements and climax with the core of combat practice, a form of submission-grappling called koshti pahlevani.

Jordi Cohen is a documentary photographer based in Barcelona. Born in Manresa, Spain. With a Medical background, he has worked for twenty years in the health sector in Spain, Latin America and Africa. Make fundamentally social reports. His work attempts to convey emotions linked to cultural aspects of different countries and civilizations. NGO Contributor AIDNOH (Haiti), Agua de Coco (Madagascar) and Cafebabel (Digital European magazine).Has exhibited his work in Europe and America, to highlight San Diego Art Institute, CEH “Manege” St. Petersburg, Royal Geographical Society of London, Galle