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