The Dubai Photo Exhibition is set to take place from March 16th to 19th. The event will present a diverse and exciting range of photographic masterpieces, highlighting a global perspective on photography through works from 23 countries around the world.
Dubai Photo Exhibition is organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, HIPA. It will be supported by the World Photography Organisation, WPO, and held in a purpose-built ‘temporary museum’ in the Dubai Design District, known as d3.
Dubai Photo Exhibition 2016 will bring together more than 700 museum-quality artworks by 129 photographers, including very early photographic experiments by pioneer Hippolyte Bayard, iconic images from 20th century masters like Bill Brandt and Dorothea Lange, and creative contemporary artworks by emerging and established photographers from around the world.
This global reach is combined with a strong regional and local element, with the UAE, Morocco and Egypt represented within the exhibition. The artworks were selected by 18 curators representing 23 countries, led by Head Curator, Zelda Cheatle.
“Dubai Photo Exhibition covers an exceptionally wide scope and features some of the world’s most renowned artistic photographers,” says Ali bin Thalith, Secretary-General of HIPA. “Through these artworks, visitors will witness an evolution of photography from its earliest beginnings to the sophisticated art form it has become today. By presenting these acclaimed and iconic images for the first time together in one location, Dubai Photo Exhibition affirms HIPA’s commitment to developing Dubai as a hub for photography, with the aim of stimulating interest in the art form and nurturing and inspiring the dynamic emerging regional photography scene.”
“From the first known photographed self-portrait ever taken, to works by the grand masters of the 20th century, to contemporary artists whose work is defining a new genre of artistic expression, Dubai Photo Exhibition will capture a global portrait of the changing face of photography,” said Zelda Cheatle, Head Curator. “Each country’s exhibit will maintain a distinctive identity that encapsulates the essence of its photographic tradition through the inspired selections of our renowned curators.”
Dubai Photo Exhibition has been created by HIPA to promote Dubai as a cultural hub, cultivate artistic appreciation for photography, foster dialogue on the medium locally and internationally, and to nurture photographic excellence through education.