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Gazing Through A Lens

Ali Khan Documents Nineteenth Century Iran

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Overview

Genre
Cultural History and Essay
Synopsis

This film explores a remarkable album of photographs created by Ali Khan Vali (1846–1902), long-time governor of the province of Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran and an avid photographer. The album is a unique collection of more than 1,400 photographs annotated with handwritten text across its 440 pages. Ali Khan Vali’s meticulous documentation of landscapes, settlements, historical monuments, and everyday life illuminates a critical era in Iranian history. The documentary examines the changes in representations of women and how the inclusion and exclusion of certain subjects can reflect the underlying social norms.

Stage
finished
Running time
20 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2016-2018

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
Pendar International Film Festival: Iran Today
Awards
Screened at: Harvard Arts Museums (2017), Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (2018), and the Islamic Civilizations and Societies Programs, Boston College (2018)
Language
English

Photos

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