Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings that manages The Ajman Palace, said: "We are truly excited to host this fascinating exhibition. The idea was to offer a platform to local photographers who turned their cameras on the UAE to bring out many striking facets of the country - some that we have already known and others quite rare. These are essentially explorers with cameras who roved the emirates in search of the unusual, capturing the country's tempo, its scenic beauty, its spectacular architecture, its myriad everyday dramas, life... There are plenty of surprises and we hope visitors to the show would find the shots interesting"
There are more than 60 photographs on display at The Ajman Palace produced by 13 photographers, each vying for your attention, but you may find your mind constantly wandering - and wondering at the sheer range of it all. Some of the snaps are extremely intense and intellectually stimulating while others are just candid impressions.
Emirati photographer Maitha bint Khalid uses photography to convey a message to the world. She focuses in her photographs on symbols that reflect the authenticity and heritage of the UAE in all its forms and the local environment. According to her: “Photography is a universal language that needs no translation and it’s the best way to express her thoughts”.
So how much of a role does technology play in photography today? Kevin J. Larkin, an American freelance photographer based in Dubai, said, "Technology is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for good photographs. Today, photography has been revolutionized by digital technology. However, although it has become much easier to take photographs that are technically flawless (in terms of exposure and focus), it is just as difficult to capture aesthetically satisfying images as it was in the age of film and chemicals".
Talking about her subjects, Katerina Smoldyreva, a Russian artist who lives and works in Dubai, said, "When I am photographing, I see life. I don't have pictures in my head... I don't worry about how the picture is going to look. I let that take care of itself... It is not about making a nice picture. That anyone can do. It is just capturing life as it happens".
Contrast: 'Seen & Unseen' at The Ajman Palace: March 26 to April 16, 2014
Exhibition Timings: Round the clock
All photographs will be for sale
Maitha bint Khalid
Maitha bint Khalid, a photographer from United Arab Emirates, learned the language of light since childhood. She has many local and international memberships, most notably the Emirates Association of Photography and the International Federation of Photographic Art. She also won many titles such as AFIAP Artist "Federation of International Art Photography"
Ahmed Al Kaabi
Emirati photographer Ahmed Al Kaabi picked up the lens in 2006 and has since won a number of prestigious prizes as well as several certificates of appreciation for his amazing photographs. Lover of light art, he contributes to develop the national identity.
Kevin J. Larkin
Kevin J. Larkin is an American freelance photographer based in Dubai, UAE. Before arriving in Dubai, he worked as a freelance photographer in Washington, D.C. and New York City, covering news, politics and sports. After ten years working as a photographer, he worked as a photo editor for The New York Times for twelve years. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008 to help launch The National newspaper, where he worked as a photo editor for five years. Kevin has recently returned to freelance photography, opening Kevin J. Larkin in Dubai last year. He says, "My goal is to devote my time to my two great passions, photography and sailing".
Jo Kearney is a British video journalist and photographer based in Dubai. She enjoys doing travel and portrait photography, with strong colour playing a major theme in her work. Since being based in the UAE she has been photographing local traditions and cultures. Her exhibited canvas photos are of sections of the old dhows that continue to sail in the Gulf. "On the surface Dubai has become a big brash modern city but scrape the surface and you can still find some of the old traditions", says Jo.
Katerina Smoldyreva is a Russian artist who lives and works in Dubai, UAE. She works with ceramic clays and her main interest is figurative sculpture. Photography has been a very important part of her work for it gives an invaluable insight into the full spectre of human emotions. The result of wandering the streets of the UAE, the photographs presented at the exhibition uncover a very personal view of the country. The cities, where so many people meet and live together are truly fascinating places and it is their private, humane side that Katerina wants to reveal in her works. Katerina teaches at the Dubai International Art Centre.
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