Question: I am going to travel around Iran this summer. I am a photographer and I would like to know if taking pictures outside touristic places could be a problem (I have not a small camera, quite a professional one). I don't want to take pictures of demostrations or military or diplomatic buildings. I mean taking pictures in the streets: people, bazars, bulidings, expecially in the southern area of Tehran.
Answer: You should take care not to take photos of the sensitive areas in Iran such as the military bases, governmental offices, airfields, airports and other sensitive areas where photography is forbidden. Most of the holy shrines in Iran do not allow photography. So it is better to look for sign or ask the staff before taking photos. Ask for permission before taking photos of other people, just be respectful and discreet.