لمحة - الحلقة السادسة: مجموعة لطيف العاني
لمحة هي بودكاست من إعداد المؤ سسة العربية للصورة بهدف تقديم المجموعات الموجودة
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"Lamha" is a podcast put together by the Arab Image Foundation with the aim of presenting the collections in its custody through a series of short snippets. For more, visit arabimagefoundation.org.
0190an00043, 0190an – Latif Al Ani collection, courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut.
Produced in collaboration with Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
This podcast was first featured in Issue 2021.08 of AIF's monthly stories:
The Latif Al Ani collection, which comprises nearly 2000 paper prints and film negatives, is a testament to Al Ani’s enduring preoccupation with depicting his homeland, Iraq. Spanning the 1950s and 1970s, the collection brings together images that document the mundaneness and vitality of the everyday; as well as the country’s cinematic, if often barren, landscapes. It also includes personal photographs, in addition to others that he took for the Iraqi Ministry of Culture.
Among the notable subjects photographed by Al Ani are Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran Mohamad Reza Pahlavi. But he was also drawn to his fellow citizens, capturing farmers, fishermen, jewelers, and the Yazidi community. Conversely, the collection is home to images of infrastructure, the petroleum and power industries, and various political rallies, bearing witness to the industrialization of Iraq in the mid-20th century.
Latif Al Ani is known to have experimented with different photographic techniques, including aerial photography; he took myriads of aerial shots of Iraq, which feature in the collection. You will also find personal images he took during his trips to East Germany and the United States, where his work was being exhibited.
In the year 2000, Yto Barrada met Al Ani on a research trip to Iraq, where she selected a large number of negatives from his collection that were subsequently acquired by the AIF. He would go on to deposit an additional collection of negatives at the Foundation, including those taken in Germany. In 2019, Al Ani donated 67 additional paper prints, primarily made up of photographs of him that were taken by his friends and colleagues between 1955 and 2018.
Latif Al Ani is celebrated as one of Iraq’s most prominent living photographers, and continues to be solicited for exhibitions and documentaries to this day.