© Michael Strasser / TBA21, 2007
© Michael Strasser / TBA21, 2007
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006
© Courtesy of the artist / Arab Image Foundation (AIF), 2006

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Akram Zaatari


Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices, 2006



76 silver prints taken between 1949 and the late 1970s by Hashem El Madani
Each between 22 x 15 cm and 39.5 x 26.5 cm

In 1996, Akram Zaatari and Walid Raad, along with other artists, formed the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut to preserve, catalogue and study photography collections of the Arabic world. Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices is part of a project by Akram Zaatari in which he carefully examines the photos taken by Hashem El Madani (*1928). The portraits were shot by Madani in his studio Shehrazade and in the surrounding urban area of Saida between 1953 and the 1970s. The studio situation gave Madani more leeway to catch people off guard in intimate moments, and to create something of a ‘collective physiognomy’ of the city of Saida.


*1966 Saida, Lebanon