Katara expos highlight Qatari heritage
CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA TWO exclusive photography exhibitions showcasing the Qatari architecture and Spanish landscapes by Bosnian and Spanish photographers respectively opened at the Qatar Photographic Society (QPS), Katara, on Wednesday.
The exquisite exhibitions called ‘Qatari Architectural Photography’ by Anmar Faris and ‘Spanish Nature Landscapes’ by Shadi Nasri feature over 50 spectacular photographs taken in Qatar and Spain.
The expo will run until October 14.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, QPS Vice- President Abdulrahman Obeidan Fakhroo said the two artists are active members of the society.
He said exhibitions are aimed to educate people undertaking photographic courses at the QPS as well as students from different schools in Doha.
“Many students have attended our exhibitions.
We have organised exhibitions for Indian and English schools. We want more schools to visit Katara. We wanted to showcase the black and white as well as coloured photos in one exhibition. Our philosophy is to go for specific exhibitions, not general so that the artists could be more creative and focused,” he said.
The ‘Qatari Architecture Photography’ features spectacular black and white photographs.
The photos capture the true essence of Qatari Heritage and highlight the growth of the evolving Qatari landmarks which incorporate contemporary design with traditional characteristics in new buildings. The photographs include the old style of the Qatari architecture in Souq Waqif and the beauty of its buildings. The photo collection also features many ancient villages and fortress in Qatar.
Faris said, “In my collection of photographs, I wanted to showcase the beauty of Qatar. I like the architecture of the Tornado Tower, Katara and Souq Waqif, which are all included in my pictures collection. I love Katara because I find something new every time I come. I also took photos of some abandoned buildings which many people know little about. They are located far away from Doha. I spent most time of my holiday taking the photos.” Explaining why his pictures are in black and white, he said, “I like black and white. If a photograph is in black and white, it looks more beautiful. It gives a different feeling from the coloured photos. I use coloured in my other type of photography, but in architecture, I like the photos in black and white.” Thanking the QPS for its support, Faris who has won many in the Al Thani Awards, said: “I have learnt various techniques about photography from the society. I hail the QPS effort in supporting the youth and anyone interested in pursuing career in photography even from the start.” The ‘Spanish Nature Landscapes’, features photos inspired by the beauty of Spain. It showcases natural and picturesque views of Spain, including its greenery, mountainous terrain, rocky and sandy beaches.
Nasri said, “I like the Spanish landscape, especially the Northern part where most of my pictures were taken. I have been working on the photographs for this exhibition since 2008. I am happy to see the fruits of my work. I like landscape because I find it more attractive to the eye.” Curator of Visual Arts Exhibitions and Educational Programmes at Katara Sa’id Costa said, “We are delighted to present these stunning exhibitions which allow people to experience nature and cultural heritage at their best. The exhibitions are both inspiring and alluring and set a wonderful example for photography enthusiasts. These collections further demonstrate Katara’s commitment to cultivating a creative culture by providing a platform for upcoming talent.”