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'extraordinary' Sue Norris, Financial Times 'astonishing aerial photographs of Iran ... images of the country's diverse, rugged beauty are finally seeing the light of day' Horatia Harrod, Sunday Telegraph 'an intriguing collection ... Transformed into strange and intricate tapestries and patchworks, the rich complexity of Iran's natural and cultural landscapes [...] have a humbling, otherworldly beauty.' Metro


In 1976 and 1978, aerial photographer Georg Gerster had the rare opportunity to record the landscape of Iran on over 100 flights and 300 flying hours. This unique photographic project resulted in a near complete documentation of the major archaeological sites and important landscapes in the region. The book includes spectacular images of ancient citadels, desert ruins and rice fields spreading like a vast patchwork in a river delta, along with many unexpected sights, such as the bird's eye view of a crowded ski resort in the Elburz mountains, within easy reach of Tehran. Persia's densely packed cities like Bushehr on the Persian Gulf, are elegantly captured by Gerster and look so very different from Western European or North American cities of the same period.Persia's complex, interlocking flat-roofed buildings are both timeless and timely, with architecture that has stood unchaged for thousands of years, along with brightly-coloured 1970s cars parked in the colonnaded courtyards.

Even the Persian landscape contains surprises: on closer inspection, the elaborate patterns made in fields with tractors and ploughs turn out to have more to do with politics than agriculture or land art - a law at the time allowed people to claim unused land by planting crops on it, and this type of 'agridoodle' was apparently enough to support such a claim.Persia is the anchient name of the region we now know as Iran. We still reference the country's long and rich cultural heritage when we speak of Persian carpets and Persian miniatures, of Persian language, history and literature. In her introduction to this book, Iranian-born writer Maryam Sachs lists some words borrowed from Persian by English speakers, which include azure, bazaar, gazelle, magic, musk, tapestry, scarlet, narcissus and paradise. These words offer insight into the country's landscape, inhabitants and traditions - influences that have indirectly shaped its landscape. This book vividly brings to life a place, time and culture that few people outside Iran are able to witness.

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Good Book arrived in the described conditions 18. September 2011
Von Ali Dadpay - Veröffentlicht auf
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it took its time to arrive but it arrived in the conditions described by the seller. I like this book right from start, it is a great collection of rare aerial photos of Iran. It is breathtaking.
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Nice Photos - Appalling Text - Ridiculous Title 16. April 2009
Von Archaeologist - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The amazing landscape, cities, ruins and historical monuments of Iran have been captured and recorded with such an excellent collection of aerial photographs which equal Erich Schmidt's pioneer aerial reconnaissance of Iran, published in 1940 (Flights Over Ancient Cities of Iran). The beauty of these images has been unfortunately somehow wasted by first the photographer's very personal, and - to some degree - offending account of his work in Iran, and second by the awkward organization of the book's content and text. It is really embarrassing to see a book exclusively on Iran with a table of contents which enlists the name of the Persian Gulf simply as "the Gulf" (the readers should wonder which Gulf?). The comble is when you see that the author of the text is an Iranian woman married to a Swiss. That is even worse when you find out that the book is dedicated to Farah Diba, the former queen of Iran!!! Ignorance or hypocrisy? Or both. It is really graceless. Even the title is silly: Paradise Lost! As someone well familiar with the terrain and all the sites represented in this book, I can say that the "paradise" is still there! I bought the book just for the sake of its wonderful images of Iran. Ignore the dull text, and let the images speak for themselves.
Essential not just for arts collections, but for any strong in Middle East history and culture 15. März 2009
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Photographer Georg Gerster proposed a pioneering aerial photography project documenting the landscape of Persia from above, and in the 1970s the Empress agreed to the project idea. PARADISE LOST: PERSIA FROM ABOVE is the result, representing some 300 flying hours and providing a complete photographic record of the landscapes and cities of Persia. Text describes the regions depicted, adds Persian poetry to the mix, and provides a rare glimpse at a region commonly hidden from the world's eye. Essential not just for arts collections, but for any strong in Middle East history and culture.
Absolutely gorgeous photos 23. Mai 2014
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This book is a must-have for people interested in Iran and in aerial photography. The photographs are gorgeous and present a completely new perspective. It is also interesting to compare these photos to what can be seen through Google Maps and see how and how much things have changed.
Five Stars 16. November 2014
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It's a great book with great quality
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