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Bahman Jalali

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Juan Vicente Aliaga on Bahman Jalali

Though not a formally trained photographer, for more than four decades Bahman Jalali (born in Tehran, 1944) has recorded historical moments in black-and-white photographs—scenes of which very few other images exist. I am speaking, above all, of “Days of Blood, Days of Fire,” 1978–79, covering sixty-four days in Tehran, from the first mass demonstrations against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi until the army’s withdrawal, leading to the fall of the dictatorship. Similarly, in making the series titled “War between Iraq and Iran,” 1980–88, Jalali visited different regions of his country to find evidence of a devastating war to which the world was largely indifferent and from which foreign photographers were mostly absent.

This retrospective of Jalali’s work, curated by Catherine David, included both these series as well as many other photographs, the great majority

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