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Tehran museum to honor photographer Asghar Bichareh

TEHRAN, June 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tehran's Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum is to pay tribute to Asghar Bichareh, the veteran cinema photographer in a ceremony on June 8.

The actor, director and photographer, Bichareh, was born in 1939 in Tehran. He was responsible for compiling a large archive of photographic works which includes the first photographs taken by the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah. He also wrote a three-volume book on Iran's cinematic history.

He achieved world fame when Abdolhossein Sepanta invited him to Germany to develop photographic work for his film, "The Lor Girl".

Sepanta's "The Lor Girl" was the first talkie film as well as one of the first productions in a Muslim country to cast a female. He began production of "The Lor Girl" at the Imperial Film Co. in Bombay. The movie was screened in October 1933 in Tehran and it was surprisingly a major hit.

The ceremony is cosponsored by the Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization.

Ashghar Bichareh's photographs will be showcased in an exhibition which will be set up to mark the 100th establishment anniversary of the Tehran Municipality. The exhibit will take place at the Laleh Gallery and will run from June 9 to 14.

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