Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gender Issues: Saudi Embassy hosts "Photography Through the Eyes of Saudi Arabian Women"

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in coordination with Dar Al-Hekma College is opening a photo exhibit entitled "Photography Through the Eyes of Saudi Arabian Women." The exhibition is the first of its kind, portraying a collection of work from dozens of Saudi women photographers to be exhibited in the United States. The exhibit will run from July 27-August 6 at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The initial showing of the exhibit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April 2010 was organized by Saudi photographer Rania A. Razek, showcasing photographs by amateur and professional female photographers. Ms. Razek helped found the first women's photography club in the Kingdom and was involved in developing the Photography Diploma Program at Dar Al-Hekma College and other institutions in the Kingdom.

The photographs from the exhibit are also featured in a book entitled Photography Through the Eyes of Saudi Arabian Women created by Ms. Razek. The book includes the experiences of female photographers living in Saudi Arabia.

Ms Razek said, "My wish is that this book and exhibit will help motivate others to share their unique visions with the world. I hope the work will help increase awareness, pride and appreciation for our cultural heritage."

The photographs featured were taken in a variety of places in Saudi Arabia and around the world. They cover the following topics: visions of life, portraiture, abstractions, Saudi Arabian culture and photo art.

Source: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office