Kaveh Golestan 1950-2003 Recording the Truth in Iran

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Texts by: Malu Halasa, Maziar Bahari, Kaveh Golestan, Mohammad Farnood, Jim Muir, Masoud Behnoud, Hojat Sepahvand Foreword: Maziar Bahari Edited by: Hengameh Golestan, Malu Halasa English 2007, 168 Pages, 128 Ills. Hardcover 305mm x 247mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2045-8
“I want to show you images that will be like a slap in your face to shatter your security. You can look away, turn off, hide your identity like murderers, but you cannot stop the truth. No one can.” Kaveh Golestan

While on an assignment for the BBC in northern Iraq in 2003, Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan (*1950 in Abadan) died after stepping on a land mine. A photojournalist since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Golestan’s camera witnessed the recent history of his country like no other. His harsh realism and social criticisms triggered both awareness and discomfort at home and abroad; he covered war, revolution, and Iran’s dispossessed—workers, prostitutes, and the mentally insane—for Time and other international magazines. As well as being awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Islamic revolution, Golestan was honored with the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1979.

»Kaveh Golestan is a hero among heroes. His entire life and career was dedicated to documenting life in his homeland of Iran until it was cut short by a landmine.«


»The engraving on his headstone simply reads ‘Kaveh Golestan - killed while recording the truth’.«

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