The special guests were accompanied by Fajr Club Manager Shadmehr Rastin, Tehran City Council Member Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, ICOM Iran Director Ahmad Mohit Tabatabaei, and Director of Farabi Cinema Foundation Alireza Tabesh. The visit came after The Musee Du Louvre put on display a collection of photographs by the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.

Speaking to reporters, Cecilia Mangini, who is a pioneer of photography and documentary filmmaking in Italy, said: I got surprised when I visited Du Louvre for the first time in Tehran. Now I’m really shocked to see the museum is also showing Kiarostami photos.

The author of masterpieces such as Ignotialla Città, Stendalì and La Canta Delle Marane, who has worked with Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, further said: Kiarostami was not only a great filmmaker but also a great photographer. He could take photos from a fresh point of view. Du Louvre looks so different now that it is showing his photographs.