From locals doing the ‘Tehran twist’ to students sporting mullets and miniskirts: Fascinating photos reveal life in Iran before the revolution

From students sporting mullet haircuts and flares to colourful VW Beetles careering down tree-lined avenues into central Tehran – surprising images of Iran, taken before the revolution, have emerged online. The stunning photos of life across the vibrant country in the 60s and 70s portray a seemingly cosmopolitan kingdom on the brink of change. Locals are…

unseen photos of destroyed Reza shah tomb

May 1980, the Islamic State of Iran had the tomb of Reza Shah Pahlavi was destroyed by Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali. That day, I am the witness. The former king, who died in exile in 1944, his body was mummified and repatriated to Iran in 1950, where he was buried the same year. Following foundation work…

Unseen Photos of Sorraya Esfandyari

They called her “the Princess with sad eyes”, “the Queen of sorrow”, but it all started differently in a time when happiness seemed the only natural option. The Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was, in 1948, recently separated from his first wife, Princess Fawzia of Egypt, when he met Soraya, a beautiful young lady,…

Isfahan 1356

The Iranian Revolution refers to events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States, and eventual replacement of 2,500 years of continuous Persian monarchy with an Islamic Republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, supported by a wide range…

Rare Photographs

A policeman issuing a woman a ticket for wearing a bikini on a beach at Rimini, Italy, 1957.

Plasco Building

Building was a 17-story high-rise landmark building in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. At the time of its construction in the 1960s it was the tallest building in Iran, and was considered an iconic part of the Tehran skyline. The building collapsed on 19 January 2017 during a skyscraper fire.