It’s also about how things do and don’t change with time, and how the past is always present, which is a theme in a lot of your films.
Farhadi: Yes, this is a personal question, something that’s haunting me. The older I get, the more I’m haunted by it—this relationship that we have with our past. A friend in Spain told me this Cuban saying: “We don’t remember what past we had, or what past is awaiting us.” That’s something that I think is very true. In my culture, in Iranian culture, the past is very predominant, maybe I should say unfortunately, because nostalgia and the longing for the past is something that maybe sometimes prevents us from moving on.
Source : https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/interview-asghar-farhadi-on-everybody-knows-and-the-persistence-of-the-past/
Q: technology is volatile and it seems that you seek after what is perennial in human beings. some traditional professions have existed for thousands of years, such as being a baker or a shepherd. how do you understand the tension between the ‘what remains’ and the ‘what changes’ in your photographic endeavors?
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Mccurry: the whole world is changing, juxtaposing new against the old. I am interested in preserving the past. there was a time when regional differences and customs, which evolved over hundreds of years, defined a society. I am more interested in these things that are disappearing. the world is changing so fast and many of the cultures are fast disappearing. these cultures are distinct and different and they fascinate me.
Source : http://www.designboom.com/art/steve-mccurry-interview-photographer-08-12-2015/