Iran 1840 - 1933

Photographer Antoin Sevruguin from of Iran

Originals are in the archives of Golestan Palace, Tehran. Including pictures of Qajar period palace, king, queen and ordinary people of the period. See collection published by University of Washington Press.


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20th century of NYC during the vast immigration swell and the onset of
the Great Depression. Lida Just surviving thru the day constituted
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by nathaniel troy (not verified) on

What is the background music?


Iran's monarchs: a case of "yeki as yeki badtar"

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

that is one stupid tradition we are thankfully done with for ever.



by Dariush (not verified) on

I agree, Qajars were no good either. Perhaps that is why some people say Reza Shah was OK. They compare him to Qajar just as Mohamd Reza to IRI.
We should compare them to what a just government should be, not one bad to another bad or worse. This is the only way we can have a just system.


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by desi on


  Reza Shah's predecessors, The Qajar dynasty were the most corrupt monarchists Iran had.  They were famous for being utterly useless.  As for wives, all of Iran can be considered shazdeh's now thanks to the 150 plus wives each one of these Qajar kings had that gave us millions of grandchildren.  Reza Shah's 4 wives are a drop in the bucket compared to, I dunno...Fath Ali Shah.


Reza Shah was coward

by Dariush (not verified) on

He had a few nicknames. one of them was Reza zamin khor.

I once posted a report on this site showing that Reza zamin khor had left 7,000,000 hectares of land for Mohamad reza shah before he was ship out of Iran. That was just Mohammad Reza's share, add his four wives and 10 other children and many relatives, then you know why they gave him this nickname. He was nothing, but another cowered who kissed the British and rubbed and mistreated his own people. Just like some today kiss the west or east. It is in the blood, unfortunately.

Once they asked him, if he has a lot of properties. He replied, no I just have one property, but from my bad luck Isfahan has fallen in the middle of it.


Great photos; Great music!

by farrad02 on

Did you notice that one photo with a whole bunch of Mullahs sitting with a feast of food platters in front of them?

Old habits die hard!


Dorood Bar Reza Shah the Great

by Arash Kamangir (not verified) on

These pictures are another proof of what the Pahlavis( specially Reza Shah the Great) have done for Iran. A nation which was suppressed by religeon and Tyranian regimes were brought forward by centuries within 50 odd years. Iranians must learn for once how to be more grateful to Pahlavis. Perhaps history will forgive Iranians for ruining the future for themselves and generations to come.


Javid Shah

by IIAF (not verified) on

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I'm not seeing poverty and

by desi on

I'm not seeing poverty and people living in filth.   I'm seeing a lack of late 19th century modernity but not filth.  As a matter of fact the 1840's England was at the tail end of the Industrial Revolution.  Talk about filth.   Have you ever seen a photo essay of the late 19th century and early 20th century of NYC during the vast immigration swell and the onset of the Great Depression.  Just surviving thru the day constituted "Standard of Living".  I think most cultures probably looked pretty bleak during those decades.

I actually rather enjoyed this and thought Sevruguin captured the era well. 



by Abarmard on

Great to see our great ancestors and champions of Iranzamin.

Thank you.


Long way

by RAZ (not verified) on

We have come a long way , haven't we? I wonder what the super powers of that era would have done to Iran, had they known about oil existing under our motherland. Does any one know who wrote the background music to this pictorial? It is quite good.


And still there are people questioning Reza Shah's ruling.

by پیام on

See from which conditions, he and his son had to start before Iran was pushed by them into the prosperity it knew prior to 1979. May them both rest in peace for building the foundations of current modern Iran.



by Nifky (not verified) on

I was shocked at the poverty and standard of living of the people. Almost looked like they were living in filth.


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by Peykan on

Many thanks GS for this link. Antoin Sevruguin's records of the mundane life are artistic and amazing as they are, not to consider the speed, light and mobility limitations of the primitive mechanical/chemical apparatuses of the era.

Nowadays, we all consider ourselves "Photographer" with our push-button, pocket-size digital cameras!