A collection of very old photographs taken from all parts of the world will be displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi for its latest exhibition happening from 25th April to 13th July.
Photographs 1842-1896: An Early Album of the World will explore the development of photography in its first year of existence through pictures originating from America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The more than 250 images provide an interesting look on the history of different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and the Philippines – showing its people’s way of living and culture in the very early years.
Photography was invented in 1839, when many European nations increased their colonial empires in territories in many continents.
From then on, photography was used to document religious missions and scientific, diplomatic and military expeditions and solo travellers.
The images to be exhibited mainly came from Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac’s collection, which includes some of the earliest photographs produced outside Europe.
Complementing those images are photographs borrowed from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Musée d’Orsay, la Société de Géographie and La Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres & Limoges.
Exhibit entrance free with the museum ticket. Admission is free for children under the age of 13.
Visitors can tour the exhibition through a multimedia guide that is available in Arabic, English, and French. A catalogue about the exhibition will be published to highlight the key historical moments illustrating the circumstances in which photography was introduced and practiced around the world.
For more information, contact 600 56 55 66 or visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae