16 Interesting Vintage Photos Showing Life in Persia in 1935

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, by Azerbaijan and Armenia to the northwest, by the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan to the north, by Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east, and by the Gulf ofContinue reading “16 Interesting Vintage Photos Showing Life in Persia in 1935”

49 Vintage Photographs Show How Iranian Women Dressed in the 1960s and 1970s

There was a good balance of modernity and modesty during the 1950s and ’60s. Women were emancipated but kept their Iranian identity. The look was stylish and elegant without being vulgar. Skirts were long and full showing as little skin as possible. By the late 1970s, miniskirts, shorts, tight jeans and bikinis became highly fashionableContinue reading “49 Vintage Photographs Show How Iranian Women Dressed in the 1960s and 1970s”

Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and His 84 Wives: Rare Photographs and the Story of the Iranian Shah and His Harem

In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see. One of Shah Qajar’s many passions wasContinue reading “Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and His 84 Wives: Rare Photographs and the Story of the Iranian Shah and His Harem”

The Mysterious Hasanlu Lovers and Their 2800-Year Old Kiss

The Hasanlu Lovers are human remains found by a team from the University of Pennsylvania led by Robert Dyson at the Teppe Hasanlu archaeological site, located in the Solduz Valley in the West Azerbaijan Province of Iran, in 1972. The image depicts two human skeletons, seemingly in an embrace, which earned the photograph its titleContinue reading “The Mysterious Hasanlu Lovers and Their 2800-Year Old Kiss”

Portraits of Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh, the Beauty Symbol of Persia For Whom 13 Men Committed Suicide When She Refused to Marry Them

The definition of beauty has evolved drastically over the time. Every country has its version of what a woman should look like to be considered beautiful. In 19th century Persia, the Western beauty standards were not dominant. So of course, they had their own beauty standards and their own concept of beauty. The more masculineContinue reading “Portraits of Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh, the Beauty Symbol of Persia For Whom 13 Men Committed Suicide When She Refused to Marry Them”

Execution by Cannon in Shiraz, Iran From the Mid-Late 19th Century

Execution by cannon was a method of execution in which the victim was typically tied to the mouth of a cannon which was then fired. The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head isContinue reading “Execution by Cannon in Shiraz, Iran From the Mid-Late 19th Century”

22 Amazing Portrait Photos of Iranian Women From Between the 1920s and 1950s

Parisa Damandan (born 1967) is an Iranian photographer and art historian. She received a degree in photography from the University of Tehran. She is the author of Portrait photographs from Isfahan: Faces in transition, 1920-1950, a book illustrating the history of Isfahan in the early 20th century with portrait photographs, which she collected over aContinue reading “22 Amazing Portrait Photos of Iranian Women From Between the 1920s and 1950s”

40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century

Antoin Sevruguin is one of the first photographers to document life during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in Persia (1785–1925). Born into a diplomat family in the Russian embassy in Tehran in 1830, Sevruguin traveled around the country as an artist and photographer portraying the everyday lives of the Iranian people from 1870 toContinue reading “40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century”