Ebrahim Golestan

Ebrahim Golestan

Seyyed Ebrahim Taghavi Shirazi, known as Ebrahim Golestan, born in 1922 in Shiraz, Iran, is a filmmaker, writer, translator, journalist and a photographer.

In 1961, Ebrahim Golestan was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Venice Film Festival for his film “A fire” (Yek Atash). This award is considered as the first international award won by an Iranian director.

The special style of his writings has been noted in the progress of the Persian contemporary story and he is considered to be alongside other Iranian prominent writers like Bahram Beyzai who has been pioneer and well-known in both cinema and literature.

Golestan is the first son of Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Taghavi, a Shirazian journalist and the owner of the Golestan newspaper.

 

1940s and 1950s

He traveled to Tehran in 1941 to study law and at the age of 21 married to his cousin, Fakhri Golestan, then he joined the Tudeh Political Party and dropped studying law at Tehran University. He, at that time, started to work as a photographer for the “leader” and “People” newspapers. In 1947, he published his first book “The Stolen”.

In 1957, he founded his cinematic studio, called Golestan Studio, and produced a number of documentary films for one of the organizations of the oil company, including A fire, Moj, Marjan, and Khara. Some of the intellectuals of that period called him “Oil Golestan”, due to these collaborations. Jalal al-Ahmad was one of those who explicitly made a stance on these issues and condemned Golestan. He considered the production of a propaganda film “Moj, Marjan and Khara” as an example of the behaviours of the fickle intellectuals.

Golestan is the director of two drama films called Adobe and Mirror (1964) and The Ghost Valley’s Treasure Mysteries (1974). He is also the producer of the Black House movie directed by Forough Farrokhzad.

He did not publish any collection of drama until 1965.

He has been living in Sussex, United Kingdom, since 1975. He has two children named Kaveh and Lili; Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian photojournalist, was killed in 2003 as a result of stepping on a land mine while working for the BBC in Iraq; Lili Golestan works in Iran as a translator, author and director of the Golestan Gallery.

 

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Ebrahim Golestan (b. 1922) Untitled

Signed Print on paper

Time Lapse

Tehran Gallery

Time Lapse

group exhibition, 22 June - 01 July

Ebrahim Golestan is a fault finding person as well as an artist Kamran Shirdel said

Ebrahim Golestan is a fault finding person as well as an artist Kamran Shirdel said

According to Nooriato magazine’s report: " I respect all the predecessors but, I hate cinema and I have not seen any films for 40 years." Kamran Shirdel, the Iranian documentarian said.

16 July, 2018


CAMA Gallery of Iranian art announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art announces exhibition of renowned Iranian filmmakers ArtfixDaily

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by seven prestigious Iranian film directors.

10 July, 2018


Time Lapse Iranian Film in Photography

Time Lapse Iranian Film in Photography

CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by seven prestigious Iranian film directors.

22 June, 2018


Showcasing photographs by filmmakers in the Time Lapse exhibition

Showcasing photographs by filmmakers in the Time Lapse exhibition

The Lapse exhibition will be held in CAMA Gallery, by exhibiting photographs by Abbas Kiarostami, Ebrahim Golestan, Kamran Shirdel and Naser Taghvaei from 22nd of June.

19 June, 2018


An exhibition of photographs by well-known Iranian directors

An exhibition of photographs by well-known Iranian directors

The Time Lapse exhibition will be held in CAMA Gallery, from 22nd of June to 1st of July, showcasing photographs by well-known Iranian directors such as Akasbashi, Golesan, Kiarostami, Shirdel, Taghvaei, Barzegar and many more.

18 June, 2018


An exhibition of photographs by Golestan Kiarostami Taghvaei and Shirdel in CAMA Gallery

An exhibition of photographs by Golestan Kiarostami Taghvaei and Shirdel in CAMA Gallery

The Time Lapse Exhibition, by showcasing photos of well-known Iranian directors such as Akasbashi, Golestan, Kiarostami, Shirdel, Taghvaei, Barzegar and many more, will be held in CAMA Gallery.

14 June, 2018