Los Angeles Public Library > Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection > Iranian riot in Beverly Hills

Image / Iranian riot in Beverly Hills

Have a question about this item? Contact Owner

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Iranian riot in Beverly Hills
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Haering, Michael
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.
The following is a statement from the photographer about the event captured here: "Of course this image is a favorite par excellence. We had seen a caravan of several black and white police vehicles speeding up the hill and approaching the rioters. I checked my exposure settings,which were seat-of-the-pants estimates at best -- there was no time to finesse such things. It was obvious the deputies were going to drive through the rioters. You could see the hoods of the cars dip as they slowed momentarily and then surge ahead directly through the crowd. I remember thinking ‘...they're gonna kill those people, Oh my God ...!!!' I thought ‘remember to pan with the lead car, focus, keep your finger on the shutter let the motor do the work and keep shooting...’ and then it was over and we followed the cars up the hill where a female deputy was in her unit surrounded by the crowd beating on the car and screaming God knows what. Well, those are the highlights. Mike and I got many excellent photos and one hell of a load of memories. Was it fun? YES IT WAS FUN! Were we scared? I remember being very scared but the excitement was overwhelming. It had all the elements of those dangerous events we are so often called on to cover: The screaming, yelling crowd breaking up concrete and asphalt to throw at the enemy, cops with drawn pistols, rifles, and shotguns, tear gas projectiles streaking smoke trails through the air, gun shots, people on the ground yelling and crying, smoke from arson fires, hate filled faces fanatical in their existence...and what a scene it was, what a circus…may these types of things never cease to provide us with the adrenalin, the excitement, the fear of what can only be termed 'THE REAL THING.’”
A woman is struck by a police vehicle during a riot in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills on January 2, 1979.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
Women--California--Beverly Hills
Police--California--Beverly Hills
Crowds--California--Beverly Hills
Protest movements--California--Beverly Hills
Traffic accidents--California--Beverly Hills
Demonstrations--California--Beverly Hills
United States--Foreign relations--Iran
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Iran--History--Revolution, 1979
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

Explore related content on Calisphere: