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Photographer Shahrokh Hatami Passes Away

Photographer Shahrokh Hatami Passes AwayPhotographer Shahrokh Hatami Passes Away

Famed Iranian photojournalist Shahrokh Hatami, who covered front-page events from the 1979 Islamic Revolution to English rock band Beatles in their early days, has died aged 89.

He died from pulmonary insufficiency in Auxi-le-Chateau, northern France, AFP reported on November 26.

Born in Tehran in 1928 and beginning a career as journalist for an Iranian newspaper, Hatami’s roving lens captured a variety of events as he let his camera tell the story from 1950. Over seven decades, he captured a dizzying array of stories, providing notably for Life Magazine the visual backdrop for the overthrow of Iran’s  first democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq (1882-1967) in a 1953 coup orchestrated by the US and the UK.

A quarter century later he would be snapping dramatic images of the Islamic Revolution. He was on the plane that flew the Leader of the Revolution Ayatollah Khomeini (1902-1989) back to Iran in February 1979.

But Hatami did not want any publicity for himself and was known by his inner circle to be a discreet and modest man.

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