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Latif al Ani First complete overview of Latif al Ani s workLatif al Ani born, Baghdad is known as the father of Iraqi photography He was the first to capture cosmopolitan life in Iraq from the s to the sHis black and white images represent a unique visual archive of the country during its th century heyday Al Ani photographed Iraq s vibrant culture in all its abundance and complexity as well as documenting the country s westernised everyday life, political culture and industry, he also captured images of Iraq from the air for a British owned oil companyLater, under Saddam Hussein s oppressive regime, Al Ani ceased photographing For a long time, nothing was heard of the artist Today, his images provide testimony of an era long goneInAl Ani was presented with the Prince Claus Award, given annually by the Dutch Royal Family In the same year he exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale in the Iraq Pavilion This widely praised exhibition focused on works from the early period of his career and showed how Al Ani saw his country jump impatiently towards modernity while at the same time holding on to its traditionsThe publication is introduced by an interview with Latif al Ani by Tamara Chalabi, the president of the Ruya Foundation in Iraq It also contains an essay by Iranian Morad Montazami, curator of Middle Eastern Art at Tate Modern, London Montazami puts Al Ani s work into the broader context of the modernisation of Iraq, as well as the architecture, archaeology and the development of photography and visual culture in the countryContents Interview with Latif al Ani by Tamara Chalabi Essay by Morad Montazami Ce texte fait r f rence une dition puis e ou non disponible de ce titreMorad Montazami is the curator of Middle Eastern art at the Tate Modern Tamara Chalabi is president of the Ruya Foundation, Iraq Ce texte fait r f rence une dition puis e ou non disponible de ce titre

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