AFTER THE END
By Akram Zaatari
SALT Beyoğlu - İstanbul
Studio photography is a phenomenon of the 20th century. It is a work tradition that has marked people's lives for more than 150 years, leaving a wealth of descriptions of people's faces, postures and attitudes. What can be done with this material? How valuable is it? In this presentation, Akram Zaatari will discuss aspects of studio photography in relation to geographic specificity, showing samples of his work on the studio Van Leo, Cairo, and Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon.
Zaatari’s practice is tied to the practice of collecting. He is a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut, 1997) and has been since researching photographic practices in the Middle East, examining how photography has shaped notions of aesthetics, postures and social codes. Interested in looking at the present through a wealth of past photographic records, since 1999, Zaatari has been focusing on the archive of Studio Shehrazade, studying, indexing and presenting the work of photographer Hashem el Madani (b. 1928) as a register of social relationships and photographic practices.