Kaveh Golestan

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Kaveh Golestan
کاوه گلستان
Kaveh Golestan.jpg
Born8 July 1950
Died2 April 2003(2003-04-02) (aged 53)
Spouse(s)Hengameh Golestan
ChildrenMehrak Golestan
Parent(s)Ebrahim Golestan
Fakhri Golestan
FamilyLili Golestan (sister)
Mani Haghighi (nephew)

Kāveh Golestān Taghavi Shirazi (8 July 1950 – 2 April 2003), (Persian: کاوه گلستان‎) was an Iranian photojournalist and artist. In 1988 he took the first pictures of the aftermath of the Halabja chemical attack during the Iran–Iraq War.

Life and work

Golestān and his sister Lili

Kaveh was the son of the Iranian filmmaker and writer Ebrahim Golestan and the brother of Lili Golestan,[2] translator and the owner-artistic director of the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, Iran.

Golestan was educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England.[1][3]

In 1988, working as a freelance photographer, he took the first pictures of the aftermath of the Halabja chemical attack during the Iran–Iraq War. He was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work covering the 1979 revolution for Time.[4]

On 2 April 2003 Golestān was killed, aged 53, as a result of stepping on a land mine while working for the BBC in Kifri, Iraq.[5][6] He is buried in a cemetery in the east of Tehran.[7]

Kaveh was married to Hengameh Golestan; they had a son, Mehrak who is a musician.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Kaveh Golestan". 4 April 2003. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-07-09 – via
  2. ^ Masoud Soheili, Photographer, Portrait & People: Lili Golestan[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Roth, Andrew (3 April 2003). "Obituary: Kaveh Golestan". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  4. ^ Vick, Karl. "Inside 'the Citadel,' Iran's Forgotten Red-Light District". TIME. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ BBC cameraman killed Press release of Committee to Protect Journalists and International Freedom of Expression Exchange, 2 April 2003.
  6. ^ BBC cameraman's last moments BBC News, 5 April 2003.
  7. ^ "Remembering Kaveh Golestan". Retrieved 2018-07-09.

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