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Do you know the oldest photography in Iran?
FarimaAtelier / Jan 2020

If you like the collection of old photographs, if you are interested in art, especially photography, if you are interested in the history of Iran and the world, if you love antiques, and even if you are a little curious, you must know that it is the oldest photography in Iran. Where has he been? When did photography start in Iran? Where is the oldest studio in Iran? Where is the oldest studio in Tehran? And what is the antiquity and history of this beautiful art? In this article, Farima Atelier is with you to introduce you to the oldest photography in Iran.

History of photography in the world

Before introducing the oldest photography in Iran, it is better to review the history of photography. We may not be able to pinpoint the exact date of the beginning of photography in the world, nor is the inventor of the camera, as the use of the camera and its idea have existed since ancient times in the time of Aristotle and Euclid, and one person cannot be identified. The inventor knew the camera, because photography and the camera were formed over time in different areas and by different people. And there is no evidence that one person invented the camera.

According to reports, the first use of the camera dates back to the fifth century, and according to evidence, the world’s first dark house dates back to the eleventh century. But until the seventeenth century, cameras were not portable. But photography in the sense we know it today emerged in France in 1830, and photo printing on paper began. It did not take long for this beautiful industry and art to reach our country, Iran.

History of photography in Iran

The emergence of photography in Iran dates back to the Qajar period. The first photographic device arrived in Iran in 1842, coinciding with 1221 AD. By order of Mohammad Shah Qajar, the first cameras called Daguerreotype arrived in Iran from England and Russia. Nikolai Pavlov, a Russian diplomat trained in photography, brought the first camera to Iran.

Perhaps we can consider Malek Ghasem Mirza as the oldest photographer in Iran and later Reza Akasbashi as the oldest professional photographer in Iran who accompanied him during Nasser al-Din Shah’s travels and the period of Nasser al-Din Shah’s reign is also the flourishing season of Iranian photography.

The oldest photography in Iran

But where is really the oldest photography in Iran and where does its history go back?

During the time of Mozaffar al-Din Shah and the establishment of the photography studio, more and more photographers were trained, and the oldest Iranian photographers are among his students. After several years, in 1314, the first Iranian photographers gradually entered a new field and photography became more common than the general public.

The oldest photography in Iran: Today’s photography studio Farima

You may be interested to know that the oldest photography in Iran, which was accessible to the public, was started by Mullah Mohammad Salehi in 1297 in the form of the oldest photography and continued in four generations: in the next generation, the oldest photography Iran was inherited by Hossein Aghasalehi, again this family profession continued and passed to the third generation of Gholam Hassan Salehi who in 1977 this family profession took the name of Atelier Farima. Which has been operating under this name for more than 40 years now. In the fourth generation, Atelier Freima expanded dramatically and began operating around the world. The first photography in Tehran, which was inaugurated by Mullah Mohammad Salehi, immortalized many old and historical photographs, including the Qajar courtiers, the sons of Nasser al-Din Shah and Asghar the murderer, etc. .

Iran’s first photography and the continuation of this family business and a century and a half of experience and expertise, attracted the attention of many local media and news agencies, an example of which can be seen in the video below ….

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