Iranian photographer Shahrokh Hatami dead at 89

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Famed Iranian photo-journalist Shahrokh Hatami, who covered front-page events from the revolution in his homeland to the Beatles in their early days has died aged 89. His partner, the actress Francine Carpon, told AFP Saturday he died from “pulmonary insufficiency at Auxi-le-Chateau” in northern France. Born in Tehran in 1928 and beginning life as a journalist for an Iranian newspaper, Hatami’s roving lens captured a huge variety of events as he let his camera tell the story from 1950. Over seven decades he captured a dizzying array of stories, providing notably for Life magazine the visual backdrop for the overthrow in 1953 of Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in a US-sponsored coup. A quarter of a century later and he would be snapping dramatic images of the Iranian Revolution — he was on the plane which took the Ayatollah Khomeini back to Iran in February 1979. There was also plenty of room for tracking celebrities, not least the Beatles, whom he shot in Liverpool’s iconic

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