Friday, May 12 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Randy H. Goodman will speak on
“Reflections on Iran: The Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Agreement – – through a photojournalist’s lens”
Photojournalist Randy H. Goodman captured life in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war. She recently returned to Iran after thirty-three years to photograph at yet another pivotal time in US-Iran relations: the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Her portraits and street scenes, from both periods, present a unique perspective on that country’s past and future, which she will share in her talk and slide show presentation.
Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St., Downtown Brattleboro
7:00 pm talk followed by a question & answer period
Coffee/tea/conversation will precede the talk at 6:30pm
Randy Hope Goodman began her photojournalism career in Iran (1980), during the months following the US Embassy takeover and the holding of fifty American hostages. Covering a grassroots delegation of Americans invited to meet with the Iranian students holding the US hostages, she photographed the delegates’ interviews with top ranking political and religious, their conversations with the students inside the US Embassy, their attendance at the Friday Prayer service held at the University of Tehran, and their visit to Evin Prison for interviews with former members of the Shah’s secret police, amongst others.
Upon her return to her Boston home, she lectured and showed her slides to college, church, community and peace groups throughout New England. Her early Iran photographs were published worldwide in books, newspapers, magazines and in academic journals on the Middle East and Iran. In 1981, when all journalists with US media credentials were banned from Iran, she, along with two colleagues, returned on an exclusive assignment for CBS-TV News. Working as the videographer, and a still photographer, she photographed cities in the Iran-Iraq war zone, Iran’s economic, religious and government leaders and religious gatherings. In 1983, using her war footage, she co-produced a special television news report for WBZ-TV (Boston) on the second anniversary of the release of the hostages.
During her third visit to Iran (1983), she worked under contract for Time, covering news events. Twice she photographed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the mosque adjacent to his Tehran home, toured the war zone with a United Nations delegation, visited refugee and POW camps and covered breaking news. Then, she was also a correspondent for Satellite News Channel (a former competitor to CNN).
Randy’s Iran photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Tribune, Time and The Washington Post. As a contributor to Gamma-Liaison Photo Agency, her photos were published BR gas photographed in in Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Great Britain, Libya, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Venezuela and the Philippines. She was also interviewed on CNN and NBC’s Today Show about her Iran assignments.
Besides Iran, Randy has photographed in Nicaragua (1982), Grenada (1987) and Cuba (1990). In the early ‘90s, back in Boston, Randy was a freelance photographer for United Press International covering metropolitan Boston. She also started her freelance business for corporate and non-profit clients. Besides client web sites, her photographs have been published in annual reports, on book covers and as author portraits.