Early Photographs of Filipinos on Exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

A portrait of a Filipino woman, from a series of portraits of Filipinos in 1865 by Pedro Picon, is among early photographs currently on exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. (Louvre Abu Dhabi and Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac photo)

Abu Dhabi — Early photographs of Filipinos are among those on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi until July 13, 2019, as part of the museum’s first photography exhibition.

Entitled “Photographs 1842 – 1896:  An Early Album of the World,” the exhibition includes more than 250 of the earliest photographs taken from across the world.

Among other highlights, the exhibit displayed historic photographs from the Philippines, including works by Pedro Picon, the creator of one of the earliest photographs in the country.

An album from Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, which is presented in the exhibition, contains an early selection of studio portraits of Filipino subjects in visiting-card format.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Director Manuel Rabaté said that the exhibition “explores the role of photography in enabling the sharing of photographs from around the world, documenting people’s lives and environments. Pioneering photographers played a key role in making other cultures visible and accessible to people back home.”

The exhibit is organized by Louvre Abu Dhabi, Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac and Agence France-Muséums, and sponsored by the Bank of Sharjah.

Plan your visit and support the exhibit. For more information visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi website at https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae.

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