June 26, 2009--
On December 27, 1978, anti-monarchy demonstrators gather outside the Pahlavi Hospital in Tehran
to protest the killing of a professor.Photojournalist David Burnett
, having at the time of this photograph been in Iran
for less than 48 hours, uncapped his lens and captured some of the most striking pictures from the 1978-79 Iranian revolution, which would depose Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi--images eerily similar to photos coming out of Iran 30 years later.
The revolution ultimately put into power the very Islamic republic that is now fending off its own street protests--sparked by a questionable election and stoked now, as before, by killings adopted by the protesters as martyrdoms.
"It's no small irony," Burnett said, "that many of those who toppled the Shah are now just trying to keep their place [in government]."
Photograph by David Burnett