Snapshots of world cinema

Dubai to play host to rare photographs from international cinema including the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Johnny Depp, Youssef Chahine

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Published: Tue 4 Dec 2007, 11:38 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

WORLD RENOWNED Magnum Photos agency will organise an exhibition of photographs titled, ‘The Magic of Cinema’ in Dubai, documenting the world of cinema, from December 11 to 16.

The event is organised in association with the 4th Dubai International Film Festival and is being presented by the French Embassy in the UAE and Alliance Française de Doubai.

“The magic of cinema holds sway over millions of people around the world and its appeal has never been documented more keenly than by the photographers of the renowned Magnum Agency,” said Philippe Nicaise, Director, Alliance Française de Doubaï.

He pointed out that 2007 has been an exceptional year for bilateral relations between France and the UAE which included the opening of the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and other educational projects, including cooperation between Sharjah University and French universities, in addition to the progress in implementing the Louvre Museum project in Abu Dhabi.

Nicaise stated: “Through the staging of exhibitions such as ‘The Magic of Cinema’ we hope to promote dialogue and cooperation between the two countries using the universal language of cinema.”

Magnum photographers have been involved in the documenting of world cinema, working on film sets, photographing film directors, actors and actresses on and off the camera and documenting their lives. They have collectively covered the modern history of cinema.

From these archives, the exhibition, ‘The Magic of Cinema’, was created to celebrate cinema in all its forms.

It is an exhibition of 81 photographic works in colour and black and white by over 40 of the world’s most famous photographers such as Marc Riboud, Guy Le Querrec, Bruno Barbey, Martine Franck, Raymond Depardon, René Burri, Philippe Halsman, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt, Abbas, Robert Capa and Dennis Stock to name a few.

Photographs in the exhibition include legendary names such as those of directors from America, France, Great Britain, Italy, India, and Egypt including Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini, Satyajit Ray and Youssef Chahine.

The exhibition will be open to the public at Dubai Media City. Exhibition opening hours are from 12 to 10pm except Sunday, 16 December, when the exhibition will be open from 12 to 5pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

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