News ID: 153071
Published: 0659 GMT June 12, 2016

Veteran cinema photographer Bichareh dies

Veteran cinema photographer Bichareh dies

Veteran Iranian cinema photographer Asghar Bichareh passed away on June 12 at the age of 89.

Since he lived the last years of his life in the US, Iranian officials asked his family to transfer his body to be buried alongside other artists in Iran, ISNA wrote.

The actor, director and photographer, Bichareh, was born in 1927 in Tehran. He was responsible for compiling a large archive of photographic works which includes the first photographs taken by the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah. He also wrote a three-volume book on Iran's cinematic history.

He achieved world fame when film director Abdolhossein Sepanta invited him to Germany to develop photographic work for his film, 'The Lor Girl'.

Sepanta's 'The Lor Girl' was the first talkie movie as well as one of the first production in a Muslim country with a woman cast. He began production of 'The Lor Girl' at the Imperial Film Co. in Bombay. The movie was screened in October 1933 in Tehran and was surprisingly a major hit.

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