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Mr Hatami (the Flight Room)

Lee-Marie Sadek | Paris, France


One saturday night, an old man entered the hotel where i was working. He was weary and seemed to be homeless. He asked me to order him an ambulance so i did. While waiting for the help we spoke a bit and then, just before the ambulance had arrived, he asked me to check his name and his work ; claiming that he was an important photographer. After he was carried away, i typed the name “HATAMI SHAHROKH” in the search engine to discover with great amazement and emotion that i had just met a great photographer whose body of work includes : the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, the Israel/Egypt peace talks in 1977-1978, the return (plane) trip of the Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran in February 1979, portraits of the Beatles in Liverpool, Sharon Tate, Coco Chanel, Ingrid Bergman and Steve McQueen among other celebrities.

Over four days, i spent some time with Mr Hatami in his room at the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris. He had a very difficult and revolting character and he seemed to be ending his life in a very sad and desolate way, but against all this, i was facing a brilliant photographer whose legacy will hopefully continue to survive, and it was the most beautiful gift for me to make these pictures of him before he leaves this world.
Mr Hatami passed away in the morning of the 23rd of November 2017 ; may he rest in peace.

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