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Kaveh Golestan - Four years have gone by

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond that glitters on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight

I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there, I did not die

                         (Mary Frye)



On 2nd April 2003 we lost a distinguished and a highly accomplished Iranian photojournalist, Kaveh Golestan, at Kifri in Iraq.  He was a freelance journalist who at the time of his death was working as a cameraman for the BBC when he stepped on a landmine as he was getting out of the BBC jeep.  His passion was reporting and registering the truth and this has been engraved on this tombstone in Afjeh in Lavasanak, a small beautiful village on the east side of Tehran where the air is fresh and the mountains are so close and lovely.



These mountains and some trees keep watch over Kaveh’s grave, who is with us in spirit because we have not forgotten him and, for many of us, whenever we take a camera to an event we may feel his presence helping us, watching us and showing us what to do or not to do.


Photo: Jassem Ghazbanpour


He was a good friend, a wonderful teacher and a great colleague.  He also was a man who cared about all members of his family and made them happy.


Ms. Fakhri Golestan

We went to visit his grave a few days ago and pay tribute to a beloved son and deeply loved brother, husband and father lost to his mother dear Mrs Fakhri Golestan and his sister Lily, his wife and his son Mehrak.  The family turned their pain into something lasting and worthy of his great achievements in his work and his love of teaching.  The Kaveh Golestan Photojournalism Award was set up the same year and for three years was headed by Ms Lily Golestan with help from Kaveh’s friends Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi and it has received international recognition and prestige.  From this year his son will take it over.



Kaveh Golestan Award


He left us suddenly and very tragically but there is a saying in Persian that says those die who are forgotten so I know that he will always be with us because we shall remember him, but we miss him. 


Yadesh geramie basheh hamisheh (may he always be remembered)




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