Kaveh Golestan - Recording the Truth in Iran - Photographic Exhibition

Monday, November 10, 2008
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Kaveh Golestan - Recording the Truth in Iran
Photographic Exhibition - Introduction
November 10 - December 19, 2008
London School of Economics and Political Science, Atrium Gallery, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Kaveh Golestan's black & white photography covering the period from 1975 to the late 1990s.

Organised by
Iran Heritage Foundation and the Kaveh Golestan Foundation in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science

Sponsored by
Bank Julius Baer
Ali and May Rashidian

Hengameh Golestan

LSE Arts Co-ordinantor
Richard Hylton

Kaveh Golestan was the photojournalist with the longest continuous presence in Iran from before the Revolution until his death in 2003.

This retrospective exhibition of black & white photography covers the period from 1975 to the late 1990s, beginning with his iconic social realism of Tehran's disenfranchised. Golestan was an eyewitness to the Iranian Revolution and his photographs not only capture the major political upheavals that radically changed his country into an Islamic Republic; they are an intimate portrayal of a people and society in rapid transition. His photographs of Ayatollah Khomeini's arrival in 1979 and his riotous funeral a decade later were published in magazines and newspapers around the world. As Carlos Guarita wrote in Golestan's obituary published in the Independent newspaper, wars came to Golestan's door. He has an unrivalled body of work concerning conflict and war, including the Iran-Iraq War, uprising in Kurdistan and both Persian Gulf wars. He documented the immediate aftermath of Saddam Hussein's chemical attack on Halabja, in Kurdistan in 1988. Being so close to death made him celebrate life and his photographs champion the power of ordinary people in the unique spiritual and cultural heritage of his country.

Photography brought Golestan worldwide acclaim. In 1979 he received a Robert Capa Award. However due to the political climate in Iran, it was a prize he collected only thirteen years later. A regular contributor to Time magazine, he became a noted documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he released the acclaimed film Recording the Truth, about the situation of journalists in Iran. He lectured at the Art College at the University of Tehran, where he ended up inspiring a generation of Iranian fine photographic artists and photojournalists who have gone on to international recognition. During his period he continued a life-long project, photographing the city's disposed - this time an asylum for mentally ill children, a challenging exposition that was published by the Observer. By 1999 he joined the BBC's Tehran bureau as a cameraman. On 2 April 2003 on assignment, covering war in the way he always did - close up and without fear - he stepped on a landmine and died in Kifri in northern Iraq. He was 52 years old.

Exhibition Catalogue
The exhibition catalogue Kaveh Golestan 1950-2003: Recording the Truth in Iran (Malu Halasa and Hengameh Golestan, eds.) contains all the images in the exhibition plus additional works by Golestan. It is published by Hatje Cantz, Munich, and the Prince Claus Fund Library, The Hague.

Opening times
Monday-Friday 10am - 6 pm

Admission free

Map & Direction

Enquiries (Iran Heritage Foundation)
The Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH
Tel: 44 20 7493 4766
Fax: 44 20 7499 9293
Email: info@iranheritage.org

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