On the 17th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomenei, Iranian photographer Mohsen Shandiz (centre) presents his memories of the return of the spiritual leader of the Islamic revolution to Iran in 1979.
"The day of Khomeini's return he went straight to honour the martyrs at Behesht e Zahra cemetry. Nobody would move out of the way so the helicopter could land because they were so euphoric about his return."
"This is Khomeini returning to Qom. The mosque he was resting at had been besieged by thousands of well wishers. Somebody said something that made him smile."
"Khomeini was returning to Qom after 15 years in exile. He had been flown to near this mosque by the pilots that you see in air force uniforms. My flash light broke in the melee and I had to take this with available light."
"Khomeini took up residence in Alavi School in central Tehran where he constantly saw groups of people who would gather in the school playground. The Imam wouldn't talk to them - he would just wave at them and then another group would come."
Khomenei with senior political figures on the first anniversary of the revolution. "The short man in a white turban is Ayatollah Khalkali, known as the Hanging Judge for the number of executions he ordered."
"The Imam is leading prayers for a peace delegation of several Arab and Muslim heads of state who came to see the Imam to mediate for peace soon after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980."
"Yasser Arafat and the Imam kissing each other. After the prayers Arafat went to kiss him."