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Iranian's at camp
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1961
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
Mehrdad Amanat was born in Tehran, Iran. He immigrated to Los Angeles in 1971. Other members of his family joined him soon after in 1980 to escape religious persecution. The Amanat family practiced the Baha'i faith, which was outlawed following the Islamic Revolution of 1979. They had converted to Bahai from Judaism in generations past. Mehrdad attended University High School in West LA and then attended UCLA where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master's in Islamic Studies as well as a Doctorate's in History. The family settled in the Santa Monica area. Mehrdad married Sholeh Amanat and had a son, Azad.
Besharat Amanat (far right) and friends in front of tent at the Bahai Summer Camp near Tehran.
B&W Photoprint, 8x10 in.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Iranian American Community
S-008-715 120
Outdoor recreation--Iran
Shades of L.A. Iranian American photographs
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Amanat, Mehrdad

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