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Casual moments
Photos from the Qajar era

May 10, 1999
The Iranian

Court photographers of the late Qajar era mainly focused their cameras on kings and princes, or official ceremonies. But there are also many pictures of servants, low-ranking officials and ordinary people.

In "Ganj-e Peydaa", a collection of photos from Golestan Palce (1998, Tehran, Cultural Research Bureau & Cultural Heritage Foundation), the photographers are unknown and most of the subjects are unrecognized, but the photos reveal a casual side that is rare in Iranian photography... Go to first photo

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