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The New York Times Lens Blog Turning Point Series: Newsha Tavakolian on Shah Naser al-Din (1848-1896)

When the Shah of Iran Took the Pictures By KERRI MACDONALD AND AMANDA RIVKIN September 8, 2010, 5:30 pm Newsha Tavakolian, 29, has been covering Iran for Polaris Images since 2001 and has freelanced for The Times since 2004. She discussed coverage of last year’s political upheaval in “Covering Tehran” (June 17, 2009) and shared her photographs of women singers in “A Quiet Song, With Feeling” (June 11, 2010). Her conversation with Amanda Rivkin has been edited and condensed. Q. How was this picture taken? A. This was a news event, a demonstration next to the shrine of the founder of the Islamic Republic. It was extremely busy. I decided not to make a cliché picture of angry people shouting, “Death to America.” Instead, I entered the shrine. Men and women are separated there. The women’s section was more quiet. I saw mourning, crying mothers, who held portraits of their sons. The draperies against the walls intrigued me, so I mixed those with the portrait. Both mother and son resembled each other, but the face …