Iran, Iraq Shia centers in focus at Tehran photo exhibit

November 1, 2017

TEHRAN – Works by two Iranian photographers from the Qajar period and German photographer Hans Georg Berger displaying views of the Shia holy shrines in Iraq and Islamic seminaries in Iran were showcased in an exhibition at Tehran’s Golestan Palace Museum on Wednesday.

A collection composed of 80 photos has been selected for the exhibition titled “Insight”, Masud Nosrati, an official of the museum, announced in a press release.

The works taken by Qajar-era photographers Reza Eqbal us-Saltaneh and Abolqasem ibn Mohammad-Taqi Nuri depict aspects of daily life in and around the Shia holy shrines in Iraq during the 19th century and early 20th century.

As official court photographers Eqbal us-Saltaneh and Nuri accompanied Qajar kings Nasser ad-Din Shah (1821-1900) and Mozaffar ad-Din Shah (1853-1907) during their journeys to the Shia holy shrines in the Iraqi cities of Najaf, Karbala and Samarra.

Berger took his photos of Islamic seminaries in Iran during two trips to the country in 2000 and 2005.

Nosrati called the exhibition, which will run until November 15, a joint cultural move between Iran and Germany.  

Photo: A poster for “Insight”, an exhibition photos by Iranian and German photographers at Tehran’s Golestan Palace Museum 


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