‘Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked
at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is
important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing)’
Members of the Qajar Era Photography Study Group are from a variety of professional
backgrounds. They are inspired by imagery and they share a passion for photography.
Photography was introduced to Qajar Persia as early as 1839. QEPS-Group focuses on
photography from the Qajar era period and its influences on later periods, especially
photography of Persia (Iran) and is interested in comparative research concerning
photography of all other countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, etcetera.
The goals of the QEPS-Group are:
■to gain more insight in the photography of Qajar Iran by comparative studies.
■to stimulate research and discussion and to bring together scholars and others interested
photography of the Qajar era period.
■to search for and stimulate research on all available photograph collections of
■to organize workshops and lectures in co-operation with the International Qajar
and the Qajar Studies and Documentation Centre.
■to seek funding for the restoration of photograph collections related to the Qajar
■to create a database of Qajar era images.
This Website serves as a vehicle to share our discussions and to take the dialogue
to a broader audience, to inspire and to encourage each other to think critically
about early photographs.
Candidates who would like to join the QEPS-group are kindly