You can see some amazing historical photos in the capital

Louvre Abu Dhabi's first photography exhibition is an exciting collection of some the earliest photographs ever taken 

You can see some amazing historical photos in the capital

Home to countless amazing artefacts and pieces of art from around the world, we’ll never get tired of banging on about how brilliant the Louvre Abu Dhabi is.

Plus, with exhibitions that change periodically, there’s always something new and exciting to see at this thoroughly impressive museum.

This means that no matter how many times you visit, you can never claim to have ‘done’ the Louvre.

In fact, the team running this beautiful building has just opened its first-ever photography exhibition.

Photographs 1842–1896: An Early Album of the World explores the history of photography and how it has developed.

Featuring 250 of the first photographs ever taken, the display lets visitors journey through the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and Agence France-Muséums, some of the many highlights include the earliest photographic images of Saudi Arabia and Yemen by Auguste Bartholdi, and the first photo of Mecca by Egyptian photographer Sadiq Bey.



There are also some of the earliest snaps from the Philippines, and views of Bombay, Hyderabad, plus the delightful Portrait of the Maharajah de Orchla from Lala Deen Dayal, who was considered the best Indian-born photographers of his time.

Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said the exhibition explores how photography played a key part in documenting the everyday lives of people from around the world.

He said: “Pioneering photographers played a key role in making other cultures visible and accessible to people back home, the same way our audiences record their daily experiences to share them with their family, friends and online communities.”

Meanwhile, Christine Barthe, head of the Photographic Collections Heritage Unit at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and curator of the exhibition, confirms the showcase will be full of surprises.

She said: “This exhibition offers, for the first time, a global history of photography, whose development in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, reveals a fascinating play of difference and similarity. The exhibition will immerse visitors into a set of images of great beauty, fascinating stories and discoveries.

She continues: “I believe it will be full of surprises for visitors, who will not only discover the first evidences of the visual mapping of the world, but also question our fascination and our current dependence on photographic images.”



Alongside the exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi will also host a range of educational and cultural activities around the topic of photography, including workshops and four film screenings.

The photographs are available to view from now until July 13, and entry is included in a general admission ticket to the Louvre.

We can’t wait to go and lose ourselves in another awe-inspiring display at the capital’s most famous art gallery.
Free (with general admission ticket). Sat-Sun & Tue-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-10pm. Until Jul 13. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island,
(600 565 566).


WHAT IS IT...
A fascinating photo exhibition

WHY GO...
To see what people did before Instagram. Long before Instagram.

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