Akram Zaatari considers Hashem el Madani's influence on his practice

Artist Akram Zaatari is one of the founders of the Arab Image Foundation, an organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of photographs taken in the Middle East that would otherwise have been discarded. Since 1999, Zaatari has been closely studying and working with the photographer Hashem el Madani, who was the first person to own a 35mm camera in Zaatari's native city of Saida, in southern Lebanon. Here Zaatari considers his ongoing archaeological investigation of Madani's Studio Shehrazade and explores the ways Madani's practices illuminate social, political, and economic aspects of Lebanese society.

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  • Total running time: 2 min. 47 sec.

  • SFMOMA Release Date: September 2012