If you follow His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai , on social media, you would know he’s also a really good photographer. While his well-curated Instagram feed (@faz3) might not reveal all, for the first time ever, he is to share his private photography collection.
Entitled. ‘A Glimpse of the Past’, the display at Dubai Photo Exhibition will offer a rare insight into the country’s history, and what the UAE used to be during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Visitors will be able to view photos highlighting the Trucial states of the ’60s, the post-Union era of the 1970s (the period when this country was officially formed), as well as the much-simpler lives of the bygone era.
The collection includes work of photographer Oscar Mitri who travelled alongside the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, father of the current Ruler of Dubai and grandfather of the Crown Prince, in the 1960s and photographed him. Another photo shows a group of children from the Al Awamir tribe from the Al Ain region. In this tribe, it was customary for the women to adorn their first born child using cosmetics, such as eyeliner, bracelets and earrings, as an expression of joy before they are married away.
This exhibition will be held at Dubai Photo Exhibition in the purpose-built temporary museum in d3, and is free to attend, although registration is recommended.
Dubai Photo Exhibition is organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, and supported by the World Photography Organisation. This weekend-long event will bring together more than 700 artworks by 129 photographers from 23 countries.
March 16-19. Dubai Design District. www.dubaiphotoexhibition.ae
CREDIT: Oscar Mitri
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