Louvre Abu Dhabi will display more than 250 of the world’s earliest photographs in its first ever photography exhibition.
Photographs 1842 – 1896: An Early Album of the World, taking place from 25th April to 13th July, will explore the development of photography in its first years of existence.
Most of the photographs on show originate from musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac’s collection, which includes some of the earliest photographs produced outside Europe.
These will be complemented by several exceptional loans 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 & Lmoges.
As with many of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exhibitions, this one will also have a special connection to the Arabian Gulf and will feature the first photographs taken in the Middle East.
Highlights include the earliest photographic images of Saudi Arabia and Yemen by Auguste Bartholdi, and the first photographic picture of Mecca by Egyptian photographer Sadiq Bey.
The show will also highlight historic photographs from the Philippines, including works by Pedro Picon, the creator of one of the earliest photographs in the country.
An album from musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, which is presented in the exhibition, contains an early selection of studio portraits of Filipino subjects in visiting card format.
Alongside the exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi will host a range of educational and cultural activities around photography, including workshops, film screenings, a conference and a cine-concert.