Shahrokh Hatami

Shahrokh Hatami, renowned for his evocative photography spanning nearly five decades, captured a wide array of subjects, from celebrities and fashion to politics, war, and social change. Adopting the singular professional moniker, Hatami transitioned from a writer for a major newspaper in Tehran to a photographer in 1950, embarking on a remarkable journey through the lens of his camera.

In 1978-79, amidst the fervor of the Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah, Hatami courageously documented the historic street fighting, including the iconic plane journey with Ayatollah Khomeini upon his return to Iran in February 1979. His daring coverage of this pivotal moment in history earned him the distinction of having his work acquired by the esteemed Library of Congress.

Throughout his illustrious career, Hatami traversed continents, chronicling events of global significance. His lens captured the essence of pivotal figures such as Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during the Israel/Egypt peace talks of 1977-1978. His circle of acquaintances included influential political figures like President Gamal Abdel Nasser, King Hussein of Jordan, and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, alongside various Syrian and Lebanese leaders.

Venturing into the realm of fashion and culture, Hatami formed a close bond with the legendary Coco Chanel, producing intimate behind-the-scenes photographs that offered a unique glimpse into her world. His early and rare color photographs of the Beatles at the iconic Cavern Club in 1963 remain treasured gems, showcasing his knack for capturing the zeitgeist of the era.

Endowed with sheer determination and a captivating charm, Hatami’s lens penetrated previously inaccessible realms, from the vibrant streets of Africa and the Middle East to the glitzy penthouses of Paris, London, New York, and Hollywood. His extensive photo archive spanning the latter half of the 20th century bears testament to his enduring legacy as an artist.

Shahrokh Hatami passed away in 2017, leaving behind a rich visual legacy that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide, capturing the essence of a bygone era while transcending into the new millennium.

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