DAVID BURNETT



































I arrived in Tehran the day after Christmas, 1978, unaware of the degree of political unrest. I was to figure it out shortly. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Within hours of arriving in Tehran, I was on the street, in the middle of a gun battle. I could tell this story would not soon go away. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Confrontations between the Shah's police and demonstrators. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Wounded demonstrators are carried to an ambulance. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Every burial became a political event, where the Shah and the US were railed against. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Watching crowds scatter when police gunfire erupts. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Escaping afternoon gunfire. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

An anti-Shah demonstrator at a Tehran rally. The pictures are snapshots of SAVAK secret police victims. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Mourners at a funeral for an anti-Shah demonstrator. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Wounded demonstrators are rushed to ambulance. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Ayatollah Khomeini posters were present at every anti-Shah rally. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Crowds of anti-Shah demonstrators, Tehran. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Crowds from all walks of life attend an anti-Shah rally. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Each week the mullahs' influence grew. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Ayatollah Shariat Madari, one of the influential mullahs in the new order. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

New Years' Day 1979. The last time the Shah faced the foreign press. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

In early January, 1979, the Shah presents, for the last time, a governmental cabinet. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Within days, the Shah and his family fly out of Tehran for the last time, never to return. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Tehran erupts in joy, with news of the Shah's departure. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

A young man displays a defaced portrait of the Shah. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Briefly, the streets of Tehran are full of joy. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Soldiers are embraced by anti-Shah demonstrators. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Even some soldiers join in the celebration. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

On the day of the Shah's departure, Tehran streets were clogged with well-wishing traffic. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Meanwhile, thousands of expats, no longer feeling safe, huddle at Mehrabad airport in hopes of a flight out of the country. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

The Ayatollah's picture is ever present at the ongoing demonstrations. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

The day before Khomeini's return, a calm sunny day turned tragic when a student was shot by one of the Shah's palace guard. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Ayatollah Khomeini arrives in Tehran on Air France, to an uncertain future. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

At a pro-Shah rally, a woman rises to cheer him. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

In the courtyard of the Refa school, members of Khomeini's entourage confer. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Outside Khomeini's room at the school, hundreds of chador-clad women gather to see a glimpse of the Ayatollah. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Ayatollah Khomeini salutes the crowds from his small school room office. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

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Far from the noisy, adoring crowds, Ayatollah Khomeini puts down a tea cup - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

In the small school where he kept his offices after arriving in Tehran, Khomeini greets visitors. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

At the Refa school, in Tehran. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

Ayatollah Khomeini. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

The assault and murder of Gen. Latifi, of the Iranian Army, by a mob near the University. - ©2024 David Burnett.<br/>All rights reserved.

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