Less than three years after Jalali was honored by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the accomplished photographer and visual artist lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Bahman Jalali’s lifetime of work serves as a visual testament to Iran’s social history. His early photography created an account of some of Iran’s most turbulent decades, depicting a country in metamorphosis. His later series pays homage to his predecessors, those photographers that developed a homegrown photographic tradition to document Iran’s emergence as a modern nation-state. While most of Jalali’s photographs helped curate a historical narrative of 20th century Iran, they also illuminate how Iranians have recognized their own history in alternating and perhaps quite contradictory ways at different moments in time.
For more information and photography, check out:
Photographer Bahman Jalali, 1944-2010
Silk Road Art Gallery – Bahman Jalali
Fundació Antoni Tàpies – Bahman Jalali
Tavoos Online – Bahman Jalali Slideshow
Bahman Jalali Archive
Tehran Times- IPC ready to preserve Jalali’s Qajar collection
*Rustin Zarkar is an editor at Ajam Media Collective, where this article was originally published.