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Now What? Understanding Iran
Thu May 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Reportback by Cambridge Photojournalist Randy Goodman
1979 Hostage Crisis to 2015 Nuclear Agreement
Join us for a slideshow and talk by Randy Goodman on her newest photo series as she discusses the changes in Iran from 1979 to today, including the effects of the Iran Nuclear Deal on the citizens of the country.
Cambridge photojournalist Randy H. Goodman has an eye for people, politics and possibilities. She’s captured images from Iran’s Islamic revolution to recent times. During her 35-year career, she combined her formal training as a political sociologist with her passion for documentary photography.
Her first foreign assignment was Iran, three months after the November 4,1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy. She photographed a visit by a grassroots delegation of Americans who traveled to Tehran to meet with the Iranian students holding the U.S. hostages.
In 1981, she, along with two colleagues, returned on an exclusive assignment for CBS-TV News. At the time, they were the only American journalists credentialed to work in Iran. Her third Iran assignment was for Time magazine (1983), where she toured the Iran-Iraq war zone, covered breaking news events and photographed Ayatollah Khomeini from beneath her borrowed chador.
In 2009, she produced her first exhibit of her Iran work titled IRAN: Images From Beneath a Chador: The Hostage Crisis and the Iran-Iraq War 1980-1983. The traveling exhibit was widely shown in the US and Europe.
After a thirty-three year absence, Randy returned to Iran in 2015 to photograph the societal changes during another pivotal period in that country’s history – – the signing of the Iran nuclear agreement.
Randy’s photographs have been widely published in newspapers and magazines throughout the world including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, TIME and in Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Libya, Italy and Spain. She has also made numerous appearances on radio and television programs discussing her Iran work.