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Photos by Michel Setboun on display at Tehran exhibit
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TEHRAN – Works by French photojournalist Michel Setboun, who is famous for photos of Imam Khomeini in exile in France and his coverage of the demonstrations that led to the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, are on display in an exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran.    

He attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit, which opened on the sidelines of the Third Rojane International Photo Festival on Monday.

Setboun took the first photos of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Neauphles Le Chateau near Paris. He also came to Iran in 1979 to record the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. 

A collection of his photos of Imam Khomeini and the early days of the Islamic Revolution have been put on show alongside works by the major competitors. 

In addition, a book containing a selection of his photos named “79” published by organizers of Rojane festival was unveiled during the ceremony.

The opening ceremony attended by a number of photographers and artists continued with screening “Mossier Setboun and the Days Which Passed”, a documentary about the photojournalist.

“It is very hard for me to watch myself in the film, and I am happy I did not choose to become an actor. I do not think I would be a good actor,” he told the Persian service of MNA after screening of the documentary.

One of the photos on display, an image of Imam Khomeini in Tehran’s Alavi School surrounded by a group of people, gets the highest number by Setboun. “An ideal photo is one with an attractive theme taken with advanced techniques, and this photo bears them all,” he added.

Nobody but Imam Khomeini could make this film valuable, therefore the historical and cultural background of a photo is very important, he said.

He also talked about the photos selected for the book named “79”, and said that the opinions of people of one country play a significant role in selecting the photos, “I chose the photos based on the expectation of the Iranian people from the photos of the Islamic Revolution.”

Michel Setboun was on the jury panel of the second edition of Rojane International Photo Festival last year.

He worked for the Sipa Agency during the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) in Iran.

Photo: French photojournalist Michel Setboun attends the opening ceremony of an exhibition of his works at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran on September 2, 2014. (Mehr/Azin Haqiqi)   


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