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Historical photos and paintings on display at Tehran exhibits
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People look at the hanging body of Mirza Reza Kermani in a photo by Antoine Sevruguin. Sevruguin’s shadow, the hangman, and guards are seen leaving the scene.
People look at the hanging body of Mirza Reza Kermani in a photo by Antoine Sevruguin. Sevruguin’s shadow, the hangman, and guards are seen leaving the scene.
TEHRAN -- Works of the Georgian photographer Antoine Sevruguin (1830-1933) and the Qajar era painter Mirza Abolhassan Khan Ghaffari Kashani, who was known as Saniolmolk, are currently on display at two exhibitions in Tehran.
 
Thirty works of Sevruguin, which depict the public hanging of Mirza Reza Kermani, the man who assassinated the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah on August 12, 1896, have been put on display in Tehran at the Axkhaneh Shahr photo museum.
 
The exhibit has been organized to commemorate the 80th death anniversary of Sevruguin.
 
The museum has borrowed the photos from the Iranian collector and documentary filmmaker Mehrdad Oskuii.
 
Mirza Reza Kermani was an adherent of Jamal ad-Din Asadabadi, also known as Al-Afghani, a political activist and Islamic ideologist during the late 19th century.
 
He and other followers of Jamal ad-Din were demanding that the Qajar dynasty rule Iran justly. Shortly before dying, the shah was reported to have said, “I will rule you differently if I survive!”
 
The exhibition opened on December 16 and will run until January 4, 2014.
 
Sixteen works by Saniolmolk are also being showcased in an exhibition at the Golestan Palace complex in downtown Tehran.
 
He was the uncle of Mohammad Ghaffari (Kamalolmolk), who served as a court painter during the reign of Nasser ad-Din Shah.
 
The works, which have rarely been seen, are kept in a storehouse of the Qajar era complex. The exhibition will continue until December 30.
 
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