History Contested: Books on Photography in the Middle East

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The image of the Middle East has been a subject for photographers since the development of the medium. The first photographic process was announced in France in 1839 and photography quickly came into use in the Middle East by local and foreign practitioners. Histories of photography often concentrate on the work of Western photographers working in the Middle East during the nineteenth century and, until recently, there had been little attempt to recognize the region’s photographers or to examine the content of their work and place it in a local context. History Contested presents a compendium of books that reassesses the photographic history of the Middle East and investigates how early pioneers and contemporary artists from the region have represented themselves and their society. These publications address the histories of specific regional and cultural photographic practices and in doing so register the extraordinary diversity of the region’s photographic heritage. In presenting over forty publications including photo books, historical surveys, monographic studies, exhibition catalogs and scholarly journals, History Contested explores from a variety of regional, cultural, and historical perspectives, the role that photography has played in shaping the social, cultural and political realities of the region. The exhibition includes books from the collection of the International Center of Photography Library and and that of the guest curator, Daniel Mason.


Abbas. Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam. London: Phaidon, 1994. TR820.5 A22 1994

Aliaga, Juan V. Akram Zaatari: The Uneasy Subject. Milan: Charta, 2012. Reserve Shelf

Al-Ziad, Aseeri A. M, Edward Booth-Clibborn, and Stephen A. Stapleton. Ahmed Mater. London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2010. Reserve Shelf

Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art. Boston, MA: Aspect Magazine, 2003. TR845.A87 Vol.14 2009

Azoulay, Ariella. Civil Imagination. London: Verso Books, 2012. Reserve Shelf

Bassil, Karl, Zeina Maasri, Akram Zaatari, and Walid Raad. Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography. Beirut, Lebanon: Mind the Gap, 2005. TR680.B37 2002

Batchen, Geoffrey. Real Hieroglyphics: Photography and Egypt, 1850-1900. La Jolla, CA: University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, 1994. Reserve Shelf

Bohrer, Frederick Nathaniel. Sevruguin and the Persian Image: Photographs of Iran, 1870-1930. Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1999.TR107.S47 1999

Chadirji, Rifat. The Photography of Kamil Chadirji: Social Life in the Middle East, 1920-1940. Surrey, England: LAAM, 1991. TR140.J331 1991

Chevedden, Paul E. The Photographic Heritage of the Middle East: An Exhibition of  Early Photographs of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Greece & Iran, 1849-1893. Malibu, Calif: Undena Publications, 1981. TR113.5.C44 1981

Cotter, Suzanne. Out of Beirut. Oxford: Modern Art Oxford, 2006. Reserve Shelf

Faber, Paul, Anneke Groeneveld, and Hein Reedijk. Images of the Orient: Photography and Tourism, 1860-1900. Amsterdam: Museum voor Volkenkunde, Rotterdam, 1986. TR113.5.M87.B44 1986

Frith, Francis, and Julia Van Haaften. Egypt and the Holy Land in Historic Photographs: 77 Views. New York: Dover Publications, 1980. TR775.F745 1980

Gazio, Pierre, and Van Leo. Portraits of Glamour. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press, 1997. Reserve Shelf

Golia, Maria. Photography and Egypt. London: Reaktion, 2010. Reserve Shelf

Graham-Brown, Sarah. Images of Women: The Portrayal of Women in Photography of the Middle East, 1860-1950. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. TR681.W6.G731 1988

Hajj, Badr, “Khalil Raad: Jerusalem Photographer,” Jerusalem Quarterly 11-12 (Winter 2001): 34-39. Reserve Shelf

Hajj, Badr, “The Armenian Pioneers of Middle Eastern Photography,” Jerusalem Quarterly 31 (Summer 2007): 22-26. Reserve Shelf

Hakimi, Kazem, and James Attlee. An Eye for Iran: The Photographs of Kazem Hakimi. Reading, UK: Garnet Publishing, 2009. TR659.8.I7.H35 2009

Haller, Douglas M. In Arab Lands: The Bonfils Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000. TR650.I52 2000

Hemming, Henry. Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival. London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2011. Reserve Shelf

Howe, Kathleen Stewart. Excursions Along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1994. TR790.E3.H68 1993

Howe, Kathleen Stewart. Revealing the Holy Land: The Photographic Exploration of Palestine. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1997. TR113.175.H68 1997

Issa, Rose. Shadi Ghadirian: Iranian Photographer. London: Saqi, 2008. Reserve Shelf

Jalali, Bahman, Catherine David, and Hamid Dabashi. Bahman Jalali. Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2007. TR820.5.I7 J351 2007

Jalali, Bahman. Visible Treasures: Photographs from the Golestan Palace Museum. Tehran: Cultural Research Bureau, 1998TR107. V57 1998

Kiarostami, Abbas, and Riccardo Zipoli. Iran: People, Roads, Landscapes. Venezia: Marsilio, 2007. TR660.I7 .I73 2007

Kelsey, Robin E, and Blake Stimson. The Meaning of Photography. Williamstown, Mass: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2008. TR5.M43 2008

Madani, Hashem, Lisa Le Feuvre, and Akram Zaatari. Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices. Beirut: Arab Image Foundation, 2004. TR680.M33 2004

Melis, Wim, and Michket Krifa. Nazar: Photographs from the Arab World. New York: Aperture, 2005. Reserve Shelf

Miller, Dickenson Jenkins, “The Craftsman’s Art: Armenians and the Growth of Photography in the Near East.” Master’s thesis, American University of Beirut, 1981. Reserve Shelf

Nabil, Youssef. Sleep in my Arms. Cape Town, South Africa: M. Stevenson Gallery, 2007. TR681.M4.N33 2007

Nabil, Youssef, and Octavio Zaya. Youssef Nabil: I Won’t Let You Die. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2008. TR680. N33 2008

Nafisi, Parisa Damandan. Portrait Photographs from Isfahan. London: Saqi, 2004. TR108.I84.N341

Nassar, Issam, “A Jerusalem Photographer: The Life and Work of Hanna Safieh,”

Jerusalem Quarterly 7 (Winter 2000): 24-28. Reserve Shelf

Neshat, Shirin. Women of Allah. Torino: Marco Noire Editore, 1997. TR820.5.I7.N47 1997

Nir, Yeshayahu. The Bible and the Image: The History of Photography in the Holy Land, 1839-1899. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985. TR113.I75 N57 1985

Onne, Eyal. Photographic Heritage of the Holy Land, 1839-1914. Manchester, Eng.: Institute of Advanced Studies, Manchester Polytechnic, 1980. TR790.P19.O55 1980

Peress, Gilles, and Ghulam Ḥusayn Saidi. Telex Iran: In the Name of Revolution. Zurich: Scalo, 1997. TR820.I7.P47 1983

Perez, Nissan. Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East (1839-1885). New York: Abrams, 1988. TR113.5.P47 1988

Pinney, Christopher, and Nicolas Peterson. Photography’s Other Histories. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. Reserve Shelf

Shaʻath, Randā. Randa Shaath: Under the Same Sky, Cairo. Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2003. TR820.5.E3.S32 2003

Tabrizian, Mitra, Mitra Tabrizian: This is That Place. London: Tate Publishing, 2008. TR647.T33 2008

Tchalenko, John, and Alexander Ivanovitch Iyas. Images from the Endgame: Persia Through a Russian Lens, 1901-1914. London: Saqi, 2006. TR107.T341 2006

Vaczek, Louis Charles, and Gail Buckland. Travelers in Ancient Lands: A Portrait of the Middle East, 1839-1919. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1981. TR113.5.B83.V33 1981

3 thoughts on “History Contested: Books on Photography in the Middle East”

  1. Dear Deirdre

    My name is Yaakov Israel and i live and work in Israel, regarding your last post about photo books i think i should introduce you to “The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey”

    All best Yaakov Israel

  2. Another book that comes to mind – a catalog from Portikus of the work of Akram Zaatari, Earth of Endless Secrets. Still available on Amazon!

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