The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past
On the NYR Daily, Christopher de Bellaigue writes, “The photographs in ‘Eye of the Shah’ are filled with humanity: self-love, pretension, tyranny, hesitancy, and charm. The exhibition’s two hundred-odd images were executed for the most part by a small number of court and portrait photographers using an ultra-modern medium in a land still run according to the divine writ of kings, where the Shah’s harem contained hundreds of wives, concubines, and eunuchs, and many people continued to keep slaves. It’s in this confrontation—between the bastinado and the wet collodion method—that the principal interest of ‘Eye of the Shah’ lies.”
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