Doha: Minister of Culture HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani inaugurated this evening a photo exhibition of Qatari photographer Mohammed Al Baker, at the headquarters of Qatar Photography Center in the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara).
With 50 wildlife photos on display, the ‘Saber’ exhibition showcases the beauty of a picturesque Qatari environment that attracts 300 species of resident and migratory birds, as well as rare birds of dazzling colors.
In statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al Baker said that he was keen to choose the best pictures of the resident and migratory birds in the Qatari environment.
The wildlife photographer, who kickstarted his photography career in 2018, said he opted for bird photography in 2019, producing more than 150 pictures of migratory and resident birds in the Qatari environment with all its details and movements.
‘Wildlife photography is risky given the photographer’s exposure to life-threatening reptiles, but it is also entertaining because the photographer feels proud when taking aesthetic photos of birds in the Qatari environment,’ Al Baker said.
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Frank Horvat was one of the world’s greatest fashion photographers. He helped elevate the medium into high art, and with his thoughtful photographs, changed how we look at fashion altogether.
Now, his latest masterpieces are on view in a solo exhibition at the Leica Galerie Wetzlar, opening on February 3, and running until April 30 in Wetzlar, Germany. The exhibition is called Please Don’t Smile, something he would tell his subjects before snapping their portraits.
The exhibition highlights the fashion photography from the photographer who had a 70 year career. He showed the world how fashion photography was more than just a way to sell purses, noting that: “Without stories to tell, fashion would never have really interested me,” he famously said during an interview.
Horvat is known for his fashion photographs, which were published in Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Based in Paris, he captured the city in all its romantic glory, from foggy night scenes to unconventional shots of the Eiffel Tower.
And yes, he did own a Leica camera, and was introduced to the brand by his friend and fellow photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (who now has his own namesake museum in Paris).
Horvat was born in Croatia, lived in Italy, and moved to Paris in 1955. He started working as a fashion photographer in 1957, doing photo shoots for fashion magazines in Paris, London and New York, until 1962. He worked in black-and-white film, and some of his best photos were captured during this time, like his shots of Coco Chanel, Jean Cocteau and Yves Saint Laurent.
After working as a commercial photographer, he then started working on photo books, like New York Up And Down, a tribute to the city’s street life, and Please Don’t Smile, which was published in 2015.
He not only told models to refrain from smiling, but also told them to be themselves. “Later, when there was this natural type, the girl next door, I didn’t like it anymore, because it had also become a stereotype,” he said in an interview in 2015. “I have fun showing something that only I see. Showing something that the model wants to show doesn’t interest me.”
Cunard Calls on Guests to Share Magical Moments for Centennial Sea Views Exhibition
Luxury cruise line, Cunard, snaps up world-renowned photographer Mary McCartney to curate 100 years of photographs for a new exhibition
Cunard is calling on guests to find images that could form part of the exhibition, alongside never before seen imagery from the Cunard archives
The exhibition marks two centenaries – 100 years since Cunard was the first cruise line to introduce on board photographers and 100 years since the company’s first round the world voyage
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Jan. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise line, Cunard has announced it will be launching the Sea Views exhibition in 2023, featuring never before seen imagery from the Cunard archives, together with a selection of photos submitted by the guests and curated by photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney.
British photographer Mary McCartney
The Sea Views exhibition will mark two key centenaries – the first being that 100 years ago, Cunard was the first cruise line to introduce an on board photographer to capture the signature moments of their guests’ voyage. The second is the 100-year anniversary of the first ever round the world cruise on Cunard’s ship Laconia.
To celebrate both of these momentous centenaries, Cunard has partnered with British photographer Mary McCartney to curate the unique exhibition of 100 images captured across their fleet of ships. With previous guests including Hollywood icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Bing Crosby, Cunard will be opening up their archives to select photographs that showcase the glamour, grandeur and timeless style for which Cunard has become famous.
‘With over 14,000 images stored in the Cunard archives in Liverpool – the founding home port of Cunard Line – we have a wealth of memories from the 1920s to present day to choose from,’ said Siân Wilks, Cunard Archivist at the University of Liverpool Library. ‘We are extremely excited to work alongside Mary McCartney to launch the Sea Views exhibition.’
In addition to the archived photos that will be exhibited, Cunard is calling on the guests to share any photographs they may have collected over the years when travelling on board a Cunard ship, capturing special moments, amazing views and unique experiences. All images shared will be reviewed, with selected images to be part of this rare, centennial exhibition.
‘I’m pleased to curate an exhibition within this treasure trove of 100 years of on board photography. I’m looking forward to exploring the archives and the crowdsourced images to hand pick a portfolio of iconic images that will reflect a century of luxury travel,’ said British photographer, Mary McCartney
‘We’re extremely proud of Cunard’s 183-year history and particularly of the fact we pioneered the round-the-world voyage 100 years ago. What better way to celebrate this centenary anniversary than by curating a fantastic selection of images from our guests who’ve travelled with us. We’re delighted to be working with the wonderful Mary McCartney to create this exhibition and can’t wait to see the unforgettable moments that our guests have captured over the years,’ said Sture Myrmell, Cunard President.
To find out how you can submit your favourite moment captured on board a Cunard ship, visit and submit your images by 5 February 2023. The centennial Sea Views exhibition will go live in 2023 and more information will be shared on this webpage nearer to the time.\
ABOUT CUNARD: Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 182 years of operation. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. Destinations include Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia.
There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and a fourth ship, Queen Anne, will be entering service in early 2024. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.
Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned since 1998 by Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: cuk ).