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Fakhradin Fakhraddini: The Iranian Karsh

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Anyone who knows about great world photographers will be familiar with the name of Joseph Karsh. The famous Canadian photographer whose works are known to many, even if they don't know who took them. Some years ago, I went to a retrospective of his photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and that was so wonderful.

Fakhradin Fakhraddini is a very well known Iranian Photographer and many, and without much exaggeration, have called him the Joseph Karsh of Iran. I had the honor to be invited to the opening of his latest photo exhibition at one of the most favorite galleries in Tehran, the Niavaran Cultural Center Exhibition House where many of his portraits of famous Iranians are on show: artists, writers, musician, painters, sculptures, doctors and poets, men and women of professional world in the past 55 years in Iran.

Mr. Fakhraddin comes from a very cultured family, he was born in Tabriz in 1932, and first started his artistic career by drawing, which he still does from time to time. In his early days he studied many books of well known photographers and the art of photography, and he was greatly encouraged by his beloved father. Later he went to Europe and US to study and practice this art. He is indeed, in the eyes of many, one of the greatest Iranian portrait photographers.

The works were very good, but I wished many more were on display in larger print to give the viewers a better feel of their greatness. The accompanying book which is on sale at the center as well as at other bookshops in town is a wonderful gift that I received from my brother who accompanied me to the show, and it is signed by the master to me! I am very proud and happy to have such a valuable and lovely art book in my library. I have taken the liberty to show some of my favorite portraits from the book which is the result of 55 years of master's work. Enjoy them please!

Finally I would like to thank Mr. Asghar Bichareh-his photo by the master is for your view- who is not only a very kind, gentle and wonderful person but also a very good photographer; but I would like to add here that he helped this exhibition to come true as he has done with many others, all in the name of art and culture and bringing and introducing older photographers and their works to the younger generation. His mark is visible in many exhibitions around town.

The exhibition will be on show until 20th October at the Niavaran Cultural Center and may be visited 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., Fridays 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

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