آمال و آرزوهای نیامده و برباد رفته
وقتی شصت سال پیش، در چنین روزهایی چشمانم با دریچهی دوربین عکاسی آشنا شد، از همان دقیقه و ثانیهی اولیه، پیمانی بین من وعکاسی بسته شد که هنوز ادامه دارد. از آنجا که این پیمان، با یک دوربین خبری بسته شد، من، وابسته بهانسان و آثار و خلق و خوی و افکار او شدم. هشت سال بعد از این، انقلابی در ساخت دوربین عکاسی پیش آمد که نسل ما را بیشتر بهانسانها نزدیک کرد و اعمال او را هرچه سریعتر ثبت کردیم. نسل ما، اولین کسانی بودند که با این پدیده، بهدنیای عکاسی حرفهای پا گذاشتند و عکاس و عکاسی، وارد جسم و روح آنان شد. جهان را درنوردیدیم و آن را پوشش دادیم. و من در ایران، با در دست داشتن وسیلهای چون سازمان تلویزیون ملی ایران، که میلیونها تماشاچی داشت، به بست و توسعهی عکاسی نوین، در ایران کوشش کردم
Unfulfilled Dreams and Desires
When I first set eyes on the camera viewfinder sixty years ago on a day such as this one, a pact was made between me and the art of photography which continues to this day. My pact was made initially with a news camera, bringing me closer to humanity by becoming attached to his works, temperament, nature and thoughts. Eight years passed. The making of the camera was revolutionized, thus bringing my generation even closer to humanity as we registered his behave ours quicker than ever before. My generation was the first to set foot in the arena of professional photography accompanied by such a phenomenon. The art of the photographer and photography took over us body and soul. We swept around the world and captured it. And in Iran, by having a tool such as the National Iranian Television Organization at hand with its millions of viewers, I endeavored to develop and expand modern photography in the country.
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.