On January 31, 1979, the day before the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini is to return from a 14-year exile in Paris, pro-Khomeini demonstrators--such as this man with a child's blood on his hands--gather in a Tehran park.
After the child had been gunned down, "people ran to the body and dipped their hands in the blood to show someone had been martyred," photojournalist David Burnett recalled.
Although the deposed Shah, the former monarch of Iran, had already fled the country, his army was still carrying out drive-by shootings of students and protesters.
Facing no media ban like the severe restrictions enforced in Iran today, Burnett never had to surrender a single photograph to authorities during his 44 days in the country. Today, he said, people around the world are getting their images of the unfolding events in Iran from cellphones, personal cameras, and camcorders--documenting what foreign press today cannot.
"Being there is the only thing that matters," he said. "You can't be stuck in your hotel room. This time the only ones who can be there are the protesters themselves."
Photograph by David Burnett