Kaveh Golestan was the photojournalist with the longest constant presence in Iran from before the Revolution until his death in 2003. This retrospective exhibition of his severe black and white photography covers the period from 1975 to the late 1990s, beginning with his iconic social realism of Tehran's disenfranchised. Golestan was an eyewitness to the Iranian Revolution and his photographs, not only capture the major political cataclysms that fundamentally changed his country into an Islamic Republic; they are an intimate representation of a people and society in rapid transition. Kaveh Golestan has covered all the major political cataclysms in his country.
His photographs tell the stories of the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq War and the first Gulf War, the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and the current war in Iraq. He started his work as a photojournalist in Belfast in 1972. He also worked in the offices of Associated Press and Time Magazine in Tehran. His photo coverage during this period earned him several international prizes, including the Pulitzer for his coverage of the Iranian revolution. In 1975, he married Hengameh (Jalali); she survives him, as does his 19-year-old son, Mehrak, who has started following the family trade of journalism. Hengameh Golestan is considered a pioneer among Iranian women photographers and was the wife of Kaveh Golestan. Her photographs have captured life in Iran for the past 28 years. In 1988, Kaveh Golestan was one of the only photographers who captured the nerve gas attacks outside of the village of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan. He was very proud and happy about the work he had been doing, and talked excitedly about doing more and better. "When I'm in situations like these, I feel I am me," he said. The landmine which ended the 52-year-long life of prizewinning photojournalist Kaveh Golestan was a packed-in version of the explosive convulsions which have wracked postwar Iran and dispatched his distinguished family to all corners of the world.( On 2 April 2003 on assignment).