The region’s biggest celebration of photography returns
Dubai’s only dedicated photography centre is set to hold its annual Photo Week from Friday February 10, and you don’t want to miss it.
The event is now in its 13th year and for the first time will be held at Gulf Photo Plus’ home of Alserkal Avenue – previous events were held in Dubai Knowledge Village.
The week kicks off with Sony PhotoFriday, giving you the chance to participate in 12 different seminars and technical and inspirational talks, as well as hear from a panel of creatives, including some of the world’s most renowned photographers. And if your gear isn’t quite up to scratch, you can snap up the latest equipment, with some exclusive special offers available.
In the evening there will be a screening of Karima: A day in the life of a Henna Girl, the first film from artist Hassan Hajjaj, who is known as “the Andy Warhol of Marrakech”. Here are some events to look forward to.
Photography masterclasses Learn from some of the international photographers taking part in the event. Workshops will be held for anything from one day up to the whole week, and cost between Dhs200 and Dhs5,000. Subjects include everything from food photography to “Creating the Extraordinary out of the Ordinary”. From Dhs200. Feb 11-17, times vary.
Gulf Photo Plus is hosting a number of artists for this year’s event, including documentary photographer Maggie Steber, street photographer Asim Rafiqui and Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass (pictured), who will be showcasing her new exhibition Humanae. Free. Feb 9-17, 7pm-10pm.
Sony world photography awards
One of the exhibitions will showcase the shortlisted and winning images from this year’s Sony World Photography Awards – the world’s largest photography competition – including the above image by Saudi Arabian photographer Husain Alfraid. Free. Feb 9-17, 7pm-10pm.
Take The Shot
This is main exhibition at GPP Photo Week, which features works from a number of different genres by international and regional artists. There’s everything from war photography, such as the above by Anastasia Taylor-Lind to fashion images and Instagram posts. Free. Feb 9-17, 7pm-10pm.