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Mira Xenia Schwerda

Mira Xenia Schwerda. « Mirza Riza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran »

Compte-rendu réalisé par Iván Szántó
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Mira Xenia Schwerda. « Mirza Riza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran », Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 8/2-3 (2015), p. 172-191, 6 figs.

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1The article analyses a series of photographs depicting Mīrzā Reẓā Kermānī, the assassin of Nāser al-Dīn shah, first imprisoned, then executed (on 11 August 1896). These photographs were taken by a number of official photographers from different angles and distances, and widely disseminated in various forms in order to use the imagery as a deterrent by imprinting the face of the regicide and his punishment on collective consciousness. This may have been among the first instances when photographs were employed to influence public sentiment in Iran. As the author demonstrates, the effects of this novel publicity were grossly miscalculated by the state: whereas the photographs were circulated to condemn the perpetrator, some viewers quickly started to regard them as the depictions of a martyr facing oppression. This led to frequent reappearances of the prints in various newspapers and pamphlets during the constitutional period, foretelling 20th-century struggles for control over mass media.

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Iván Szántó. Mira Xenia Schwerda, « Mira Xenia Schwerda. « Mirza Riza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran » », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 37-38-39 | 2018, document 16, mis en ligne le 10 mars 2018, consulté le 30 novembre 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/42746 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.42746

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