Showcasing the vitality of Qatari culture and heritage, a new exhibition of exquisite photos and panoramic shots of Doha curated by well-known photographer Maher Attar was officially opened Friday at QMA Gallery in Katara.
The exhibition which will go on until March 26 was inaugurated by HE the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Hamad bin Abdelaziz Al Kuwari, in the presence of Abdullah Al Najjar, Chief Executive Officer QMA and Ali Hassan, a leading Qatari artist and calligrapher.
Titled “Doharama Photo Exhibition – a Portrait of a City,” the exhibition features 51 images highlighting various landmarks of Doha including: Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art, Khalifa Stadium, the Doha Corniche and Education City. In addition, some rare old photos of Doha will be displayed as well.
“The exhibition initially began from my idea to document my journey as an artist. Doharama first came as a 200-page book, which was launched last month on the occasion of Doha Capital of Arab Culture. As the book, the exhibition also features images of people, places and events captured on my camera,” Attar told The Peninsula. “Adding to this is the fact that we are witnessing a big cultural revolution over the past few years. These need to be properly showcased. That was another impetus into bringing forth the exhibition.”
Images by Attar at the exhibition were taken between 2007 and 2010. Driven by the idea of artistically creating an imaginary past, some of the images are black and white. These were shot by a Lemography Holga camera and later carefully printed on Fine Art paper to give an impression of authenticity. On the other hand, the panoramic images at the exhibition were taken by an ultra-high quality 6x17cm Linhof camera. All images were printed in a professional laboratory and framed in Paris. On entry to the exhibition, visitors will first go through the panoramic section which features 28 splendid images of Doha. The next section of the show is dedicated to a short four-minute film featuring the various images on show. Following that, visitors can view the images taken by the Holga camera and finally, a special section for nostalgia displays old and rare images of Doha from the collection of the Amiri Diwan.
“The exhibition unlike many others starts from the present and ends in past. This was aimed to give a sense of nostalgia or to reappraise the presence of the past. I also focused on documenting the heritage to the maximum,” he said. “The name Doharama was inspired by the ancient Greek word ‘orama’ which means ‘vision’. That is why it was named so, meaning a vision of Doha or what we see of Doha,” the photographer said.
All images on display are compiled in a book titled “Doharama” which is on sale at the gift shop in the Museum of Islamic Art and Virgin Megastore. The exhibition will be open to the public for free until March 26.
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