• The Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings by Ferdowsi

    It’s said that if you’re English you must know at least one work by Shakespeare, to be Scottish you must know at least one poem by Robert Burns, and to be Persian you must know at least one tale from Ferdowsi, or to give him his full name Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi. For those of you who don’t know, Ferdowsi is one of Iran’s most treasured, revered and influential poets to have ever lived.
  • Great Men: Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

    In the early years of the 20th century, colour photography was explored by two men, one a Frenchman the other a Russian. These men are remembered today as the pioneers of contemporary colour photography. The French Banker Albert Kahn took his camera across Europe, then on to the Middle East and further afield to South and South East Asia. He said his mission was to “capture our common humanity, and promote peace.”
  • The Wes Anderson Formula

    Wes Anderson’s multi-layered and multi-faceted feature films continue to garner a massive fan base. Since 1996, with the release of Bottle Rocket, he’s moved from madcap independent cinema to Technicolor mainstream without negating his trademark collection of quirks in the process.
  • The Art of Wrestling

    As one of the oldest and most diverse masculine sports, wrestling has taken on many forms since it was first cultivated back in the early days of human civilisation. Today, many of us think of wrestling as a fixed sport, more theatre than actual man-to-man combat. However, the grandiose, ridiculous and money grabbing play acting of WWE et al is only a tiny part of the rich and ancient traditions of wrestling.
  • The Return of the Dandy

    It’s difficult to define dandyism; it’s a style which has come back time and again in various cultures. Some of you reading this may think of the “New Romantics” the likes of Adam Ant and Duran Duran, others might think of King George III’s son George the Prince Regent. You’re right in thinking these men and pop culture movements define the word dandy, but dandyism is something that has many definitions.

Ben Mirza is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and designer. As a writer he focuses his attentions on the arts, culture and philosophy, ranging from reviews to essays. His writing has been published in numerous magazines across the world, such as The News Hub, Hello, The Untitled Magazine, Iran Review and Les Persiennes, amongst others. He also works as copy-writer and editor for a variety of high-profile clients.

Ben is well versed in multimedia storytelling, working with the French radio station Nova Planet in 2010, creating video reports, articles and photographic essays etc. He continues to create and produce audio-visual content for various media outlets. In 2014, Ben launched Mirza Creation, offering a selection of photography, web and editorial services.

Ben is a passionate creative, with a broad skill set. Possessing the knowledge and ability to create exceptional content.