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Gazing Through A Lens: Ali Khan Documents Nineteenth Century Iran

 

This short documentary (20 min.) explores a photo album from the late 19th c. Iran. Created by Ali Khan Vali, a local governor in Iran and an avid photographer, the album is a unique collection of over a thousand photographs. Ali Khan’s meticulous documentation of landscapes, settlements, historical monuments, and people’s everyday life opens a window to life in an era that is considered one of the critical moments of Iran’s history.

Screenings:

October 3, 2018, Boston College, Boston, MA

May 18, 2018, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA

December 8, 2017, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA