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Best of January 2019 – Bahman Jalali, Rana Javadi : Days of blood, days of fire


On the occasion of the exhibition Hannah Darabi – Enghelab Street, The Revolution by the Books, Iran 1979-1983, The Eye of Photography returns in images on 5 publications presented by the BAL. Here is the first one.

Days of Blood, Days of Fire is a visual reportage on the events of the sixty-four days that shook Tehran, from December 10 to February 11, 1979. It brings together the work of Bahman Jalali, complemented by images from a group of photographers, including Rana Javadi, his wife.

This unique testimony is distinguished by several aspects: the approach, the treatment of  photographic document and its aesthetics. The layout and graphic design of Hassan Fouzi Tehrani juxtapose extracts from newspapers, slogans, graffiti and photojournalism. The book presents not a complete vision of the revolution, but when possible the most precise perspective of a short and pivotal period. Particular attention is paid to photographs (captioned in a final index) considered as documents and archives.

Published in June 1979 by Zanimeh, it  was reissued in September of the same year with thirty-five thousand copies. The third reissue was rejected by the Ministry of Culture. Zamineh was the only independent publishing house of this time that was sensitive to the concept of documentary photography and  books about photography.


Hannah Darabi

Enghelab Street, the Revolution by the books

Iran 1979-1983

Exhibition from January 10 to February 11, 2019

Le Bal

6 Impasse of the Defense

75018 Paris

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