Source: Tehran Times
Iran Photo Museum, which also known as Axkhaneh Shahr, has showcased a collection of photos of the last Qajar crown prince, Mohammad-Hassan Mirza (1899-1943), at an exhibition. The collection comprises 36 photos, which have been taken by Yusef Khan, an Armenian photographer who lived in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz.
Mohammad-Hassan Mirza in a photo by Yusef Khan (Axskhaneh Shahr)
The exhibition runs until September 14 at Axkhaneh Shahr, which is located on Bahar Shiraz St. near Haft-e Tir Square.
Mohammad-Hassan Mirza was the brother of the last monarch of the Qajar dynasty, Ahmed Shah (reigned 1909-1925). Since Ahmed Shah had no child, Mohammad-Hassan Mirza was selected as crown prince.
Soon after Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979), deposed the Qajar dynasty and made himself Shah of Iran in 1925, Mohammad-Hassan and his family were sent into permanent exile to England.
Malek-Qasem Mirza, a Qajar prince who was one of the many sons of Qajar king Fat'hali Shah, was the first Iranian who took a photo in Iran. Before or at the same time, Jules Richard, a French teacher for an Iranian family, snapped a picture with a daguerreotype camera.
The advent of photographic art in Iran occurred about five years after its invention in 1839 during the last years of Qajar king Mohammad Shah's reign.
Afterwards, Nasser ad-Din Shah showed great interest in photography and sent several groups of talented students from Dar-ul-Fonun, the Iranian polytechnic institute established in 1851, to European academies to learn the art.
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