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Photographs 1842-1896, An Early Album of the World at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first photography exhibition to open April 25, 2019.

A Tambo in the Mountains at a Height of 16,000 Feet, Andes Mountains, 1849 Attributed to Robert H. Vance (1825–1876) Full plate daguerreotype Paris, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Photo credit: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Over 250 of the world’s earliest photographs, taken between 1842 and 1896, will be presented in Photographs 1842-1896, An Early Album of the World at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s second international exhibition of the year and its first ever photography exhibition.

Native of Urcos. Scientific Expedition, Peru, 1864
Émile Colpaërt (active 1858 – 1870)
Albumen prints
Paris, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Photo credit: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
View of the Holy Shrine and the City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 1881
Muhammad Sadiq Bey (1822 – 1902)
Photographic print
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Rare Books Reserve
Photo credit: © Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

The chrono-thematic exhibition will feature the first photographs taken in the Middle East, including the earliest images of Saudi Arabia and Yemen by Auguste Bartholdi, as well as the first photograph of Mecca by Egyptian Sadiq Bey. Other highlights include historic photographs from the Philippines, a portrait of the Maharajah de Orchla from 1882 and photographic documentation of the Royal Tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales through India in 1875-76.

Portrait of a Young Woman
Ethiopia, September 1885 – November 1888
Jules Borelli (1852–1941)
Albumen print
Paris, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Photo credit: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Portrait of Sir Pratab Singh, Maharajah of Orchla with his entourage, India, 1882
Lala Deen Dayal (1844 – 1905)
Albumen print
Paris, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet
Photo credit: © MNAAG, Paris, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image Musée Guimet

Invented in 1839 during a time of colonial expansion by several European nations, photography rapidly developed into one of the most important tools for documenting the history of the world and its diverse cultures. The pioneering photographers were instrumental in making different cultures visible to others and by revealing fascinating similarities and differences.

The exhibition will run from April 25 to July 13, 2019. Alongside the exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi will host educational and cultural activities pertaining to photography.

A Street, Canton, China, 1870 – 1890
Lai Fong (c. 1839 – 1890)
Aristotype print
Paris, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Photo credit: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Portrait, Philippines, c. 1865
Pedro Picón
(active 1860 – 1870)
Paris, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Photo credit: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

For more information: www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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