Latif Al Ani
Latif Al Ani (°1932, Baghdad) is known as the father of Iraqi photography. He was the first photographer to capture the cosmopolitan life of Iraq in its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s. His unique black-and-white photographs serve as the visual memory of his country during its golden years.
Under the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein, Al Ani was forced to quit photography, and little was heard of him for a long time.
An interview with Latif Al Ani by Tamara Chalabi, chairman of Iraq's Ruya Foundation, serves as the introduction to this book. The publication also contains an essay by Morad Montazami, the Iranian curator of Middle-Eastern art at Tate Modern. Montazami places Al Ani’s work in the broader context of Iraq’s modernisation, architecture, archaeology and the development of photography and image culture.
Hannibal Publishing won first prize in the 'Historical Book Award’ category at the prestigious Arles photography festival with this book. Click here for more information.