Kaveh Golestan

Cameraman, photojournalist

Kaveh Golestan, veteran cameraman and acclaimed photojournalist, was killed Wednesday April 2 in northern Iraq. He was 52.

Golestan, an Iranian freelance cameraman filming for the BBC, died instantly when he fell on a landmine. He was part of a four-man BBC team filming at Kifri, near the Iranian border, about 60 miles south of Kirkuk.

Producer Stuart Hughes, also wounded in the incident, was taken to the American Military hospital in Sulaymaniya for treatment of a severe foot injury. Correspondent Jim Muir and their local translator were unhurt.

Golestan, the son of Iranian filmmaker and author Ebrahim Golestan, was among Iran’s most admired photographers. He drew particular acclaim for his photo coverage of the 1979 Iranian revolution and the Iraqi government’s 1988 poison gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja. He also covered the Iran-Iraq war and the American campaign in Afghanistan last year. Golestan had campaigned for freedom of expression in Iran. According to the BBC, an Iranian court gave him a suspended sentence after his footage of children inside the Hazrat Ali asylum was shown on CNN.

He had been working for the BBC as a freelancer for three years, mainly working out of their Tehran bureau, in September 2000. He had previously also worked for the Associated Press Television News and Time Magazine. He lived in London and Tehran and often taught college-level journalism.

He is survived by his wife and a 19-year-old son. Both live in Tehran.

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