Photographer's Note

I remain in Esfahan, the nicest city I saw in Iran (I have only seen a few). It is still mid-July 1970, and this is from the side of the monumental square/park which was still called Maidan-e Shah, Shah Square. After the Islamic revolution it was renamed Maidan-e Nagsh-e Jahan (Image of the World Square) in 1979.

In the background is the large early 17th century mosque known today as the Mashed-e Imam, in 1970 still the Mashed-e Shah. Taking this photo of a horse and carriage I was probably standing near the entrance of the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, built at about the same time, which I have shown before. I visited both mosques, and reading my diary now I found that I preferred Sheikh Lotfollah. It was built for the private use of the Shah and the royal court, and I found it more intimate and modest in size and decorations than the more extravagant Shah mosque, intended to appeal to the general public.

I can't say that I am entirely happy with the colours of this photo. I have adjusted them off and on several times. I think they speak loudly of the age of the photo: almost 52 years.

In the WS is a photo taken straight across the square. Both photos were scanned from Agfacolor CT18 slides.

The map coordinates 32.65695 51.67841 will show you approximately where I took these photos.

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