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Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World
25 AprilAED 60
Following the development of photography in the mid-1800s, Western photographers were eager to capture distant and ‘exotic’ civilisations on film for the first time. This exhibition, presented in collaboration with the musée du Quai Branly in Paris, has more than 250 of the earliest photographs ever seen of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas; regarded at the time as authentic representations, the exhibition explores how nationality, geography, culture, regional politics and the continual improvement of photography techniques influenced both the photographers and these early images in helping to shape the perceptions of people, places and cultures.
Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said he was looking forward to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first photography exhibition. “Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World explores the role of photography in enabling the sharing of photographs from around the world, documenting peoples’ lives and environments. Pioneering photographers played a key role in making other cultures visible and accessible to people back home, the same way our audiences record their daily experiences to share them with their family, friends and online communities.”
To 13 July.
Above: Jules Borelli, Portrait of a Young Woman, Ethiopia (Sept 1885 – Nov 1888)