In 1976, Colacello traveled to Iran with Warhol, and recently at Asia Society New York, Colacello appeared in a panel discussion on Iran's art scene in the 1960s and 70s. (The complete video of the event is embedded below.)
First, can you describe what brought about your trip to Iran with Andy?
Well, it happened because we had gotten to know the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Fereydoon Hoveyda, and he actually arranged for Andy to do a portrait of the Shabanu, or the Empress, Farah Pahlavi. So the purpose of the trip was basically for Andy to take polaroids of her, which then would be made into portraits.