Rare photographs of country on display at Qatar My Country exhibition
An expansive and previously unseen collection of photographs of Qatar are now on display. The majority of the photographs were taken personally by the late Abdul Salam Mohammed Abu Issa, who opened Qatar’s first photography studio in the early 1950s.
The exhibition, ‘Qatar My Country’, not only recounts the personal story of Abdul Salam, from when he first came to Qatar in 1948, but more importantly, also covers the country’s development over five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Some of the most interesting images include the laying of the first oil pipeline in Dukhan (where Abdul Salam worked as a welder), the construction of the clock tower near the Emiri Diwan, the meeting of leaders of a nascent GCC, the development of Dafna, the original Souq Waqif and glimpses into the lives of citizens during the 1960s.
‘Qatar My Country’ not only reveals the planning and building of iconic landmarks of the country, but also essays the journey of the leaders who drove the development.
There are also surprising insights into the life of Abdul Salam, the founder of Salam International, which is organising QMC. He started his life in Qatar as a welder working with the Petroleum Development–Qatar (predecessor to Qatar Petroleum), and reinvented himself time and again – as a photographer, restauranteur, entrepreneur, and at the time of his death in 1982, the owner of Salam Plaza, one of the two lone buildings in Dafna during the time; Sheraton Doha was the other.
The exhibition will be open to public at the Gate Mall from December 16, 2013 to January 12, 2014; Timings: 10am-10pm.