04 Mar 2015 AT 07:06 PM

Photographer Steve McCurry presents 7 Princesses

Veteran magazine photographer showcases a unique body of work at The Empty Quarter Gallery
04 Mar 2015 AT 07:06 PM
Portrait of a woman on top of a building..
© Steve McCurry
Portrait of a woman on top of a building..
Portrait of women with camels.
© Steve McCurry
Portrait of women with camels.

He is reponsible for perhaps the most famous cover in the history of National Geographic: the pale-eyed Afghan girl, staring dispassionately out on the viewer from beneath her headscarf, living as a refugee in Pakistan during her country's war with the Soviet Union. Now, in a maiden collaboration with The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai, veteran magazine photographer Steve McCurry is presenting an exhibition called 7 Princesses, under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

McCurry is showcasing his collection of 20inspirational Emirati women he photographed throughout the seven emirates, each reflecting of the crucial roles of the contemporary, vibrant and dynamic Emirati woman. The objective was to build bridges between the UAE and international cultures by presenting a unique and avant-garde perspective on the role of Emirati women in society.

“Steve McCurry is one of our muses in photography, he is the king of light. I am delighted to work with him on this project because he has his own unique way to tell stories and bring images alive. This project will give all cultures a chance to explore and understand the enlightenment of Emirati women through these images,” says Safa Al Hamed, Managing Partner of The Empty Quarter. “Our vision is to create a centre of photography. We want to promote photographers both in the Middle East and internationally.”

7 Princesses will open for a private show on March 9 at Fairmont the Palm Dubai in the presence of the artist, followed by a public gallery opening from the March  16 -April 16, at The Empty Quarter in DIFC.

 

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