Tehran Photo Essay


Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay

By MIR Corporation

One of the highlights of Iran‘s capital city, Tehran, is one of its oldest clusters of buildings. 

The lavish UNESCO-listedGolestan Palace complex is only what remains after the 20th century Pahlavi court razed some of the original buildings. The palace is the first and, so far, the only UNESCO Site in the modern city of Tehran, and still inspires Persian poets and architects.

“Golestan” means “rose garden,” and a lovely rose garden is indeed at its core. But there is such a treasure trove of decorative art adorning every inch of the palace that it far outshines the beauty of the garden. In the late 18th century, the leader of Iran’s Qajar Dynasty transformed Tehran’s original citadel into his royal court and residence, centering it on a classically-styled walled rose garden. 

The Qajar family succeeded in combining increasing western influences with Persian arts, architecture and crafts in this richly decorated seat of government.

Tiled entryway to the palace through the old citadel walls
Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher

The complex includes the Marble Throne, created from 65 pieces of yellow Yazd marble, and held up by carved figures
Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher

Glittering mirror work decorates an open-air throne room in Golestan Palace, Tehran
Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels

Stained glass filigrees in Golestan Palace 
Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels

Marble figure atop the Marble Throne in Golestan Palace, Tehran
Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels

The beautiful tilework shows the introduction of European styles into Persian traditional arts during the Qajar Dynasty
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

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Top photo: The Marble Throne in its regal setting, Golestan Palace in Tehran. Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher 

PUBLISHED: May 3, 2016

Tags: architecture | artwork | Golestan Palace | Iran | Persian | photography | Tehran | travel photography | UNESCO | UNESCO sites

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Each of us has a vision of the city or area where we live in.
The “Tehran, Darband” series is, however, only a name to me; a word which is consumed and heard. It’s a picture of everyday engagement, of a place which no longer exists; like all other places where the presence of human does not signify prosperity, but anonymity; the more anonymous than all human beings.

(by Farzin Foroutan)


Q&A with Farzin Forouatn

Photography is…
Photography is an enrollment process as a representation of consequences.
To me, it makes a particular situation which is related to my life experiences that it creates a possibility to share my vision with others.

Photography and writing…
In my opinion, photography and writing are inseparable and, personally I assert that writing plays an important role to clarify my visual ideas in order to shape and inform the images that I all make.
Writing should translate my thoughts into words, and make an entry valve that spectators could see my artworks from there, but it shouldn’t close the other interpretations from them.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
I could not explicitly answer who left the biggest impression on me because in these days we are faced in different media. The media that show us a large variety of Pictures that, intentionally or incidentally are recorded in our visual memory and influence it. However, the photographers in the fields of staged photography have the significant impressions on me. But an Iranian based artist who name is Gohar Dashti has the most important effects on my photographs. Since my works of art mainly constitute my personal experiences of life and living. I have always been concerned with social issues by particular references to history and culture in modern society. People and their concerns have a major role in my works, and the 2D images help to freeze the people in a moment and situation that I want. Therefore the staged photography is the best way for me to explain my ideas.

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