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Arab Image Foundation (AIF)

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) is a not-for-profit organisation established in Beirut in 1997 to preserve, exhibit and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora from the nineteenth century to today

Akram Zaatari Untitled 2007

Founded by artist Akram Zaatari, the AIF currently holds a collection of more than 600,000 images, including negatives and prints sourced by its artist-members.

Rather than using these images to present a linear history of photography or as evidence of societies in the grips of modernisation, the artists use these images in exhibitions to discuss the role of photography in Arab societies.

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