Exhibition - Lasting Impressions: Noor Ali Rashid at Sharjah Art Museum
Noor Ali Rashid, also known as UAE's "Royal Photographer" passed away four years ago. In my post about his passing I wrote,
His legacy will live on through his work, and I hope there will be a retrospective exhibition in the UAE to honor him and his work.
This week, Sharjah Art Museum will host an exhibition focusing on the first half of Rashid’s career from the late 1940s to the 1970s. It will chronicle his early years in Oman, events and celebrations and images of the leaders of the UAE, and life abroad.
‘Lasting Impressions’ is an annual exhibition being organized for the sixth consecutive year. This edition comes as a collaboration between Sharjah Art Museum and the Noor Ali Rashid Archive and will showcase 200 selected photographs by the late photographer, handpicked from a collection of over one million images spanning six decades.
A passionate pioneer in the field of photography, Noor Ali Rashid (1929 - 2010) is considered to be the father of photojournalism in the Middle East. He is also celebrated as a leader in the development of Art photography in the Gulf.
In his esteemed role as ‘Royal Photographer’, he created iconic portraits of the UAE’s leaders and his pictures became a means to glimpse into the early development of the Emirates.
I hope this will be one of many exhibitions showcasing Noor Ali Rashid's work. There's enough in his archive to fill a museum.
© Noor Ali Rashid Archives | Noor Ali Rashid - Tobacco Vendor, Al Ain, 1960s | The Souqs series
© Noor Ali Rashid Archives | Noor Ali Rashid - The First Lights at the Clock Tower, Sharjah, 1960s | The Firsts series
© Noor Ali Rashid Archives | Noor Ali Rashid - Homework in Shade, Muscat, 1970s | The Children series
Dates: 22nd October - 6th December 2014
Timings: Saturday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm | Friday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Sharjah Art Museum (location map)
[Images courtesy of Sharjah Art Museum. Exhibition info via Art in the City.]