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Private reception: in the Mirror Room, the Shah speaking with the Ambassedor of the Netherlands, Baron Gevers. In the foreground to the left, princesses Fatima and Shams (the Shah's sisters)

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Tehran (photographed)

  • Date:

    October 1958 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Troeller, Charles Gordian (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John and Juith Hillelson

  • Museum number:

    E.325-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1000, box G

Physical description

Black and white photograph of the Shah of Iran talking to a man beneath a canopy. In the foreground and to the right the princesses talk to two men and an older woman.

Place of Origin

Tehran (photographed)

Date

October 1958 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Troeller, Charles Gordian (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'CHARLES GORDIAN / TROELLER'
Photographer's stamp.

'COPYRIGHT / THE / JOHN HILLELSON / AGENCY / 145, FLEET ST. LONDON, E.C.4. / Tel. FLEet Street 7664 / BAYswater 7389.'
Copyright stamp of John Hillelson Agency.

'Reception privée: Dancs le salon de mirroirs, le Chah s'entretient avec l'ammbassedeur de Pays Bas, le Baron Gevers. Au premier plan a gauche: les princesses Fatima et Chams (soeurs du Chah).'
Private reception: in the Mirror Room, the Shah speaking with the Ambassedor of the Netherlands, Baron Gevers. In the foreground to the left, princesses Fatima and Shams (the Shah's sisters)
Typed label fixed to back of photograph.

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Width: 35.7 cm

Object history note

This photograph was donated by John and Judith Hillelson from their collection and archive of the John Hillelson Picture Agency.

Historical significance: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was the last Shah of Iran (reg.1941-79) and Charles Gordian Troeller the first photojournalist permitted to photograph the private reception held each year in celebration of the Shah's birthday. This photograph forms part of a series of 24 photographs taken by Troeller during the festivities for the Shah's 39th birthday in 1958. The series is of historical significance as a pictorial record of a now disposed dynasty. Just 5 years prior to these photographs being taken the Shah was forced to flee Iran due to his country being increasingly dogged by political unrest in the aftermath of WWII. Having been quickly escorted back to power by a joint military operation orchestrated by British and American secret services, five years on, in these photographs, the Shah, his family and their courtiers appear to have survived the worst.

Looking at these photographs now, knowing that in 1979 further political unrest would lead to the monarchy's permanent banishment (the Shah died in exile in Egypt in 1980), give these photographs an unsettling quality. The series captures the calm before the real storm.

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph of a private reception for the Shah of Iran's birthday, by Charles Gordian Troeller,Tehran, October 1958.

Categories

Photographs; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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