لمحة - الحلقة الثامنة: مجموعتا شوقي مرازي وميشال بيرالدي
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.
0222pe00008, 0222pe – Michel Peraldi collection, courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut.
Produced in collaboration with Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
This podcast was first featured in Issue 2021.10 of AIF's monthly stories:
The eighth episode of Lamha foregrounds the Michel Peraldi collection from Morocco, and the Chaouki Merazi collection from Algeria. These two collections are presented side by side, not because of the geographical proximity of their provenance, but rather, to compare the different ways through which we attempt to unpack these photographic collections, especially when we have very little information about them.
The Michel Peraldi collection comprises 14 glass plates depicting two Moroccan villages in the 1930s, among which are views of the streets, souks, houses, and landscapes. These images share an unusual element: the presence of men dressed in tuxedos, while others around them are wearing the jalabiya. The lack of information around these photographs opens up myriad questions: who took these pictures, and to what end? Were they captured for documentary or aesthetic purposes? Did the photographer intend to frame and represent these villages in a certain way? These questions make way for a multitude of readings around these collections, depending on the researchers’ subjectivities on the one hand, and the photographs’ objective elements on the other.
Chaouki Merazi’s collection, which comes from Algeria, brings together 150 portraits from Studio Merazi. The studio’s founder, Ismail Merazi, learned the fundamentals of photography from his father, Belkassem, who was in charge of transporting the equipment of war correspondents and photojournalists during the First World War. Alongside photographs of children in their first communion attire, the collection includes a number of headshots featuring the same subjects in two different poses. One of them is a passport photo, in which they are looking straight at the camera; and in the other, their posture is slightly tilted, and they are flashing a smile. This collection found a new home at the Arab Image Foundation following Lara Baladi’s visit to Studio Merazi in 2009. There, she met Chaouki Merazi, Ismail Merazi’s son, who donated these photographs to the AIF. The information we have about this collection sheds light on the studio’s history, but there’s always room for new and different readings of the photographs that go beyond the knowledge we already have.
The Michel Peraldi and Chaoui Merazi collections can be viewed on our platform here: