Through the Lens: Latif Al Ani’s Visions of Ancient Iraq presents the work of Latif Al Ani (1932-2021), the founding father of Iraqi photography. A pioneer in documenting and envisioning Iraq's golden age (1958-1980), a period of increased cosmopolitanism and industrialization, Al Ani was also the first to shoot aerial views of the country’s archaeological sites. His images capture the ancient past; immortalize Iraq's modernization driven by oil exploitation; and inspire contemporary Iraqi artists.
Presented by New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (15 E. 84th St., New York, N.Y.), the exhibition will open on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and continue until Feb. 5. Admission is free and open to the public. Free guided tours are offered Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
Private tours are available to members of the media by contacting the Institute at 212.992.7800, or emailing the NYU Public Affairs Office via [email protected] .