At the turn of the 20th century, in the popular art and media of the “West,” the "Middle East" was depicted as a mysterious, exotic region. Cliched images such as camels, deserts, half-naked dancing women, and buildings with minarets and domes were ubiquitous in illustrating anything related to Iran or the Middle East.
Pre-Nowruz shopping on Vali-Asr avenue in Tehran, between two important intersections, the intersection of Vali-asr and Jomhouri avenues and the intersection of Valiasr and Enqelab avenues. March 17, 2016.
In May 1887, the American periodical “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine” published an article about a trip from Tehran to Baghdad. The following images are from that article and show the outfits of Iranian women in that period. The photographs show the clothing of different minorities, as well as outfits for indoor and outdoor use and the different seasons.
Discussing her pictures the photographer, Samin Ahmadzadeh, says: "This series was taken from a single location in Tehran on a street famed for its shopping. The movement of people as they negotiate their way through the crowds provided a sense of theater from the everyday. Light from the shop windows illuminates single faces in this flowing crowd, guiding the eye around the picture and allowing a focus on a personal space."
The building that houses Tehran’s Post and Communications Museum today was initially built in 1928 as the Ministry of Post and Telegraph. The architect, Nikolai Markov, was a Russian immigrant who remained in Iran after the October revolution and established himself as one of the main architects of the public buildings and government new institutions.
This is a collection of album cover art for the soundtracks of pre-revolutionary movies made in Iran in the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes designs for the soundtracks of art-house movies as well as commercial blockbusters.
This house near Ferdowsi Square was built by the Russian architect Alexander Belyn in 1938. Belyn was working for Kampsax - a Danish construction company founded in 1917 which had several projects in Iran, including the construction of 900 km of cross-country railroads.
The Tehran Opera Company was founded in 1967 by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Art. The company was active until 1978. It officially ended its activities after the Iranian revolution. This booklet is the company’s program for 1974-1975 season.