Impacts of Modernisation on the Physiognomy of the Iranian Capital

By Azar Laghaei.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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The history of Tehran dates back approximately two centuries. In the mid-nineteenth century, the city underwent the process of modernisation that originated initially from Europe. Modernisation/westernisation resulted in considerable changes in the urban physiognomy and morphology of Tehran. With regard to major changes that took place in the structure of Tehran, particularly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, literature seems disproportionately sparse. However, old images are considered authentic sources of information, reliably indicating the original status of places. The objective of this study is, therefore, to present the influences of modernisation on Tehran via the associational juxtaposition of old and recent images. Underlining the role of image as a source of information in research and education, this paper demonstrates that Western impacts were adapted to Tehran as the city grew over centuries. This resulted in Tehran possessing a variety of fabrics and structures that also generated physiognomic diversity.

Keywords: Photographic History of Tehran, Modernisation/Westernisation of Iran, Urban Development of Tehran

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.203-246. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 21.528MB).

Dr. Azar Laghaei

Final-year PhD Candidate, University of Reading, UK