Light from the Middle East
(c) Tal Shochat
This exhibition is currently on at the Victoria and Albert museum.
It includes a range of images from contemporary photographers based in the Middle East. It is split into 3 sections:
- Recording – documentary footage from the likes of Abbas looking at life, political changes, geography etc.
- Reframing – taking photographs in the style of period images of the past.
- Resisiting – changing photos to show just how fragile photography in the region is, investigating the works of censors and self-censorship to protect identity
Some of the photos are pretty amazing, some are, to my mind, dull. I really liked the images of Tal Shochat’s trees, Shadi Ghadirian’s Qajar era portrait shots and Atiq Rahimi’s Kabul Box Brownie shots.
(c) Shadi Ghadirian