Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices

By Stephen Wright & Paul Wombell

AED 170.00

This publication of Hashem El Madani’s work concentrates on the idea of the studio, exploring how Madani's exemplary practice of studio photography is both descriptive and inscriptive of social identities.

About the Book:

Long stored in files or dumped in dusty basements, the spontaneous, seemingly ephemeral portraits taken by working studio photographers have been getting a second look over the past 20 years. Such rediscovered work revealed modern American masters of the vernacular in figures like Mike Disfarmer and E.J. Bellocq. Now the photographs of Lebanese photographer Hashem El Madani are set to be discovered. Over a career of more than 50 years (and counting) of work in Saida, Lebanon, El Madani has documented a people who have suffered great social upheaval but who, when posing for his camera, felt free and safe to be who they wanted. The subjects of his photographs exude dignity, strength, good humor and individuality. The conventions of studio photography remain static, but over time, the parade of faces who passed in front of El Madani's lens would change with the times, forming a shifting collective portrait of a Middle Eastern town in the last half of the twentieth century. “I would have liked to have photographed all the people of Saida,” he said, “because that is where I live.”


About the Author:

Paul Wombell is the director of the Photographers Gallery in London. He has had a lifetime interest in sport and is the author of Photovideo (1991) as well as many exhibition catalogues. 


Book Specifications:

Name: Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices

ISBN: 978-9953003238

Publisher: Mind the Gap/ Arab Image Foundation 

Author: Stephen Wright, Paul Wombell

Language: English

Price: AED 170

Cover: Hardcover

Pages: 128