This exhibition offers a window on the rapid spread of photography in the decades after the invention of the technology was announced in 1839. More than 250 photographs document 19th-century societies from across the globe, with works by early European travellers to Asia, Africa and the Americas shown alongside those of photographers from these destinations, including Luis García Hevia from Colombia and Pascal Sébah from Turkey. Find out more from the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s website.
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View of the Holy Shrine and the City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia (1881), Muhammah Sadiq Bey. Photo: © Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
A Tambo in the Mountains at a Height of 16,000 Feet, Andes Mountains (1849), attributed to Robert H. Vance. Photo: © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Portrait of Sir Pratab Singh, Maharajah of Orchla, with his entourage, India (1849), Lala Deen Dayal. Photo: Dist. RMN – Grand Palais/Musée Guimet
Native of Urcos (1864), Émile Colpaërt. Photo: © Dist. RMN – Grand Palais/musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Portrait of a young woman, Ethiopia (1885–88), Jules Borelli. Photo: © Dist. RMN – Grand Palais/musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac