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Inside Dubai: A City in Pictures

Event 182 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-6pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Award-winning photographer Jalal Abuthina is known for his striking images of Dubai, which are collected in the books Dubai Behind the Scenes and The Best of Dubai Shop Names. His work has been exhibited in the UAE and internationally, and in 2014 he won the inaugural ‘Art of Can’ Red Bull creativity competition for the Middle East and North Africa region and a selection from his series ‘The Edge of Now’ was included in the Artist Pension Trust global collection.

In his first Festival appearance, he will talk about his inspiration, his unique style and his mission to present a more accurate picture of Dubai. He will also share tips on how you can improve your own photography.

Language: English

Inside Dubai: A City in Pictures

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Behind the Lens: Ramesh Shukla in Conversation

Event 197 Wednesday 8 March, 7:30pm-8:30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“It’s just incredible to be involved in a country's history.” – Ramesh Shukla

Ramesh Shukla arrived in Dubai in 1960 with Rs50 in his pocket, seven rolls of film and a Rolleicord camera that he received on his 14th birthday. Today, he is considered the UAE's greatest historical photographer. His new book, The UAE: 50 Years in Pictures, showcases his incredible career.

Shukla has photographed everything from everyday Emirati life to dignitaries and members of the UAE royal families. He humbly refers to his relationship with the UAE as a matter of being in the right place at the right time – but it is clear that his prominence comes from the skill with which he has captured the evolving history of the country. A permanent Shukla exhibition is now housed in the new Etihad Museum in Dubai.

In this session, Shukla and his son, Neel Shukla, will share the stories behind his pictures, including his iconic photograph of the founding Sheikhs at Union House in 1971, which features in the UAE National Day Logo. Come and hear about their torturous early souk hunts for equipment and the stone basin that doubled both as photo developing basin and Neel’s paddling pool!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Behind the Lens: Ramesh Shukla in Conversation

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Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

Event 856 Friday 10 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Michael Freeman has made a career of telling powerful visual stories. In this masterclass he will share what he has learned from his experiences producing photographic narratives from his journeys all over the world.

Michael has long argued that composition matters a lot more than hardware when it comes to taking top-quality photos. Even your phone’s camera can be used for a whole lot more than selfies – if you develop a photographer’s eye for capturing a story in a picture.

No camera equipment required; notepads will be provided.

The tutor: Michael Freeman is one of the most widely published photographers worldwide. He has lectured and taught workshops on photography all over the world. He was awarded the Prix Louis Phillipe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. His latest photography book is Fifty Paths to Creative Photography and his latest book of reportage is The Tea Horse Road.

Language: English

Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

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Ancient Journeys: The Road Goes Ever On

Event 136 Friday 10 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Neuroscientists now tell us our brain can reach an alpha state when we walk; we are, after all, hard-wired to be nomads.” – Bettany Hughes

Prepare for a guided tour of the ancient world! Our panel will take you on a journey down three of the ancient routes along which history has been made over and over.

Peter Frankopan is the author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, and will reintroduce these vital arteries of global trade.

Michael Freeman has photographed the world, and one of his greatest journeys was along the 3,000km Tea Horse Road in China, which was active as a trade route for tea and horses from the 7th century to the 20th.

Bettany Hughes recently presented the documentary Ancient Ways, about the Via Egnatia – once a vital trade route from Rome to Byzantium, now both a “ribbon of archaeological activity” and a key land route for refugees fleeing to Europe.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Ancient Journeys: The Road Goes Ever On

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Capturing the Journey: Sketches, Photos, Writing

Event 131 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

'I do a lot of research when I'm travelling – I find it thrilling to discover the particular 'art' of different landscapes and work them into a book…I just want to look and draw.'' – Michael Foreman

Preserving an experience or a moment in time is at the heart of all kinds of art. Every artist has their own approach, so on this panel we have united writer Ibrahim Farghali, illustrator Michael Foreman and photographer Michael Freeman to talk about how each of them captures their journey.

Ibrahim Farghali is best known for his fiction, but he is also the author of two travel books, including an account of his travels in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Michael Foreman is an author and illustrator with 250 books to his name. Travels with my Sketchbook is a collection of his sketches and anecdotes from around the world.

Michael Freeman is a photographer with a special interest in Asian culture, architecture and archaeology; his books include Tea Horse Road, which collects his stunning photos from travels on this ancient trade route.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Capturing the Journey: Sketches, Photos, Writing

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