BEAUTY UNTOLD- PORTRAITS FROM THE STREET I
Beauty Untold is a series of portraits that embrace the uncelebrated beauty that exists in everyday people and situations. The series exists to unveil the overlooked beauty that is present among a diversity of individuals largely ignored by mainstream culture, or otherwise represented in a false or negative light. These eye-catching portraits expose the raw, vibrant and natural appeal of “the street” through a unique empathy shared by the viewer and the viewed.
Shamsavari's earliest series, Beauty Untold I was produced on both black and white and colour film between 1999-2002. Beauty Untold is an ongoing project considered by the artist as the parent project of series such as Britain Retold and The Veil Series. Although these later series explore identity and individuality in more defined ways the desire to communicate and encourage a need for the acceptance and appreciation of difference started here.