’44 Days’ Photo Exhibit Chronicles Iranian Revolution

October 25, 2013 by University of La Verne

“44 Days: Iran and The Remaking of The World,” an exhibition of photography chronicling the dawn of a new Islamic Republic by David Burnett, is the latest presentation running now through December 13 in the University of La Verne’s Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography. An accompanying lecture by Burnett, will take place in the Campus Center Ballroom A at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, followed by a reception at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

44 Days

Soldiers join the revolutionaries. Tehran, January 15, 1979. Courtesy of the photographer, David Burnett.

The gallery, which features essay reflections by Assistant Professor of Management Omid Furutan and Assistant Professor of Political Science Juli Minoves-Triquell, uses imagery captured by Burnett 35 years ago to document the unrest leading up to the departure of the Shah of Iran on January 17, 1979 and events following the arrival of the Grand Ayatollah Rubollah Khomeini on February 1 in Tehran, Iran.

“The work in the ‘44 Days’ show represents an attempt by one photographer to tell a story that, in its own way, was monumental,” Burnett said. “Trying to piece together the various aspects of that story, like any big project, necessarily forces one to make choices. But in the end, you hope that the pictures will help draw the public into the story, to help create in them the desire to see more and more.”

Burnett’s illustrious career in photography spans 40 years. He has visited more than 80 countries and has covered the war in Vietnam, the Iranian Revolution, the famines in Sahel in 1974 and in Ethiopia in 1984, the French and American presidential elections from 1972 to present and the Summer Olympics since 1984.  He has also photographed every U.S. President since John F. Kennedy.

After earning his political science degree at Colorado College, he launched his photographic career in 1967 as an intern at Time Magazine.  Today Burnett’s work is regularly published in ESPN Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine (England) FAZ and Stern (Germany).

When: October 21 – December 13, 2013

Lecture and reception: Thursday, November 21 at 4:00 pm.

Where: University of La Verne, Miller Hall, Irene Carlson Gallery, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750.

This exhibit is sponsored by the office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Photography Department. The exhibition is curated by the Photography Department in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography.

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