Opening on 16 March 2018, Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) opens a solo exhibition of photographer Latif Al Ani’s work at Gallery 4 in Al Mureijah Square. Tracing both the development of the artist’s practice and of Iraq as his work captures it, the exhibition will present Al Ani’s black and white photographs, which spanned over three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Born in 1932 in Baghdad, Al Ani learned photography early in his life at the studio of a local photographer. As an adult, he joined the Arabic-language magazine Ahl Al Naft [People of Oil], part of the photography unit at the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC), where he worked between 1954 and 1960. He founded the photography department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture in 1960 and went on to head the official Iraqi News Agency. Al Ani stopped making work in the 1980s with the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War.