As Iranian elections began last month, the city were plastered with campaign notices. Flyers littered the sidewalks, and posters covered the walls. It was a considerable amount of paper. Now that the election is over, all that paper is being swept up, scrubbed off and peeled away.
The final six candidates—Mostafa Mir-Salim, Eshaq Jahangiri, Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raisi, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Mostafa Hashemitaba—had 20 days to publish their campaign advertising.
During that time, Jahangiri and Taba didn’t post any paper publicity. In the end it was only four: Jahangiri pulled out and backed Rouhani, and Ghalibaf endorsed Raisi.
Their posters—and the traces of them—tell the story of the race for the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which Rouhani emerged victorious. I charted the course of the election using a cell phone.