On the occasion of the exhibition Hannah Darabi – Enghelab Street, The Revolution by Books, Iran 1979-1983, The Eye of Photography returns in images on 5 works presented at the BAL. This is Émeute by Kaveh Golestan and Mohamed Sayad. Self-published in 1979.
“The photos in this book are not representative of the series of events that shook the years 77, 78, 79 in Iran. Our goal is to show moments, albeit limited, of the riot of the Iranian people, which has become uprising. The “revolution”, meanwhile, continues … “explain, in particular, Kaveh Golestan and Mohamed Sayad.
Self-published in March 1979, this book is therefore one of the first books of postrevolutionary photographs (after Days of blood, days of fire).
Delivering fragmented images of an ongoing story, he constructs his point by choosing to stick as close as possible to the uprising and to show its mechanics through moving bodies, in tune with the riot police. He plays visually on the presence of fire and blood, and also exhibits an iconography of revolutionary martyrdom. Several photos have become iconic of the revolution, like this young man who collects himself in front of a pool of blood on the asphalt, holding a carnation in one hand and his head in the other.
Enghelab Street, the Revolution by the books
Exhibition from January 10 to February 11, 2019
6 Impasse of the Defense