A beautiful exhibition of photographic art brings forth the spirit of the Holy Month
In its photographic celebration of Ramadan, Qatar Photographic Society has reached out to its members in order to put together a selection of pictures that depict the spirit of the Holy Month.
While there are a number of pictures depicting places of worship and the Holy Qur’an, there are also many photographs of devout Muslims going about their daily duties.
Presented in large format, these often-colorful photographs grab the visitors' interest and keep it, thanks to the range of work on show.
That said, the focus is on mosques and prayers, not putting enough focus, perhaps, on bringing to the exhibition space in Katara the other elements of Ramadan, such as forgiveness, peace, donation and family gatherings. Children do feature in a number of the pictures, however, with the more unposed shots standing out.
Photographs are predominantly taken in Qatar, although other parts of the Gulf region are also represented, giving a glimpse of what Ramadan means to each photographer.
Highlights include a technically accomplished photograph that peers through the pages of the Qur’an by Wadad Hashish and an image of the inside of a mosque’s dome by Abulrahman Fakhroo that brings out the best of the symmetry, colours and shapes that are present.
Also of note are two photographs of Doha’s large Ibn Muhammed Ibin Abdul Wahhab Mosque, which are positioned in different parts of the exhibition, that were taken, it would seem, on the same night from almost the same position by father and son photographers from the Al Hassel family.
Where the father’s photograph shows great knowledge of the art of photographer, the son’s photograph is quirkier, making the most of the effect created by a shining car bonnet in the foreground.
One missing element is the inclusion of a small description next to each picture, outlining details about the photograph and its photographer. Otherwise this is an excellent exhibition that’s well worth an hour of your time.
Building 16 (Gallery 1) Katara Cultural Village. Free admission.