Exhibition“ Between Science and Art: Early Photography in the Middle East” [fr]

Get on board for a photographic journey and discover the first pictures of the Middle East.

Initially planned as part of the cultural program of the France-Qatar Year of Culture, the exhibition "Between Science and Art: Early photography in the Middle East" traces the beginnings of photography in the Middle East.

Gustave Le Gray (1820 – 1882) - JPEG

In its earliest manifestations, from the camera obscura to the daguerreotype, photography seemed to be more of a scientific tool than a form of artistic expression, as it is perceived today. Many of the early photographers were scientists, chemists, engineers, and archaeologists, who did not even consider themselves artists, but rather were interested in the concept of documentation.

In an effort to encompass the dual nature of photography, particularly in its early years, the exhibition describes the material dimension of photography - from the daguerreotype process to some of the earliest printing techniques and their commercial implications - as well as the impact of photography on the construction of "Middle East" and the intellectual debate that this new invention sparked in the Arab world.

The exhibition will focus on the history of the pioneers of photography, including the Frenchman Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804 - 1892), and will showcase some of the earliest daguerreotype images taken in the Middle East.

Following the exhibition, the French Institute, the Qatar National Library and the Smithsonian Institute invite you to a virtual round table on the theme of the beginnings of photography. Mathilde Falguière, curator of the photography department at the Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine will be our guest.

Where : Qatar National Library

When: September 20th - December 30th, 2021

How: Book a slot on https://registration.qnl.qa/booking-service#no-back*]

For more info: https://events.qnl.qa/event/m7Dk5/EN*]

published on 12/09/2021

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