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Photojournalist Hossein Partovi dies at 72
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Photojournalist Hossein Partovi in an undated photo
Photojournalist Hossein Partovi in an undated photo
TEHRAN -- Photojournalist Hossein Partovi, best known for his 1979 photo depicting a group of students from Iran’s air force academy at a meeting with Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, died at his home in Tehran on Sunday. He was 72.
 
He was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his son Siavash told the Persian service of ISNA  
 
Born in Ardebil, he along with his family left the northwestern Iranian city to live in Tehran. He began to take photographs for the Kayhan daily’s sports desk when he was 17.
 
He shot to fame for his photograph that depicts a group of students from Iran’s air force academy saluting Imam Khomeini and pledging their loyalty to him three days before the victory of the Islamic Revolution on February 11, 1979.
 
His stunning photographs of Imam Khomeini’s arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport after 15 years of living in exile, and the photos he took of executions after the victory of the revolution are well known.
 
He served as picture editor for Kayhan until 1989, when he announced his retirement from the position.
 
Due to his devotion to Iranian scientist Sayyed Mahmoud Hessaby, he collaborated with the Professor Hessaby Foundation afterward.
 
He was honored with prizes for his lifetime achievements at several Iranian events. 
 
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