06 Mar 2010 20:24
Home and Album
NYT | March 6, 2010
Mr. Yomtobian, 26, was born in Tehran to Jewish parents, the youngest of four children. In 1987, after years of tumult that began with the revolution and continued with the Iran-Iraq war, the family finally fled their homeland, eventually settling on Long Island. Yet despite his largely American upbringing, Mr. Yomtobian has a deep interest in the history of both his nation and his family, and this interest is on vivid display in his apartment.
The most moving artifacts are the simply framed black-and-white photos of family members that dominate the main wall in the living room. He discovered many of the pictures in the apartment of a great-aunt who lived in Paris -- "I spent a whole night going through them," he said -- and like a curator of a small and idiosyncratic house museum, he will happily conduct a little tour.
"This is my pride and joy, my parents' wedding," he said, pointing to a dark-haired couple, both looking improbably young. The man wears a tuxedo; the woman wears a huge full skirt and a crown on her head.
"These are my parents again," he said in front of an image of a couple gazing soulfully into each other's eyes. "I wish I could look at someone like that. But it's kind of difficult to find that kind of relationship." continue reading