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Photographs of Persia (now Iran) in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

  • A group of prisoners and guards
  • A man with a falcon
  • Ali Khan Zahir ud-Daula
  • Buried man
  • Caravan
  • Carpet Weaving
  • Darwish and two men
  • Farmers harvesting rice
  • Fishermen
  • Foot whipping or bastinado
  • Funeral of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar
  • Ice cream seller
  • Men and horses in a caravanserai
  • Men and horses outside the walls of the caravanserai
  • Men with lioness
  • Merchant
  • Mirza Abdul Vahab Khan Nizam al Mulk
  • Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Amin al-Soltan
  • Mirza Reza Kermani
  • Mirza Yusuf Khan Astiani
  • Money changer
  • Mosque in Tehran
  • Mozafereddin Shah Qajar, accompanied by Amin al-Sultan and Mushir al-Dawla
  • Mozafereddin Shah Qajar
  • Naser al-Din Shah Qajar sitting on the lower level of the Peacock Throne
  • Paupers
  • Peasants
  • Persian woman
  • Porters (carriers)
  • Portrait of a young woman
  • Regiment soldiers
  • Seven armed soldiers
  • Shahs escort in the Mazandaran province
  • Shepherd
  • Sitting Dervish
  • Street money changer
  • The body of an executed criminal
  • The crowd at a square in Tehran
  • The Jewish section in Tehran
  • The prisoner and the guard
  • The public execution of Mirza Reza Kermani
  • The reception at the palace of the Shah
  • Two men wash clothes
  • Water carriers

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Historically, the country has been referred to as Persia by the West, due mainly to the writings of Greek historians who called Iran Persis meaning “land of the Persians.” Here’s the collection of photographs of Persia in the late 19th and early 20th century taken by Antoin Sevruguin.

Also check: Photographs of Egypt in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

1. Buried man.

Buried man Photographs of Persia

2. Foot whipping or bastinado – a form of corporal punishment in Persia.

Foot whipping or bastinado

3. The prisoner and the guard.

The prisoner and the guard

4. Water carriers.

Water carriers

5. A group of prisoners and guards.

A group of prisoners and guards

6. Two men wash clothes.

Two men wash clothes

7. Carpet weaving.

Carpet Weaving

8. Darwish and two men.

Darwish and two men

9. The Jewish section in Tehran.

The Jewish section in Tehran

10. Persian woman.

Persian woman

11. Caravan.


12. Farmers harvesting rice.

Farmers harvesting rice

13. Peasants.


14. Merchant.


15. Money changer.

Money changer

16. Street money changer.

Street money changer

17. Mirza Abdul Vahab Khan Nizam al Mulk, leader of the Shah’s government.

Mirza Abdul Vahab Khan Nizam al Mulk

18. Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Amin al-Soltan – the last prime minister of Iran under Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, the King of Persia.

Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Amin al-Soltan

19. Mirza Reza Kermani shortly before his execution – he was an Iranian revolutionary who assassinated the Shah of Persia Nasser-al-Din.

Mirza Reza Kermani

20. Mirza Yusuf Khan Astiani.

Mirza Yusuf Khan Astiani

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