UAE history through the lens of royal photographer Noor Ali Rashid

First recognised as an official photographer by the British in 1959, Noor Ali Rashid went on to build himself a reputation as the Royal, or Sheikhs’ photographer. He was there for every milestone in the UAE’s history capturing the ordinary and the extraordinary that crossed his path.

His documentary and historic images, along with more artistic snaps, including rare never-before-seen images, are part of Lasting Impressions, an annual exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum to recognise the significant contributions of artists who have changed the face of contemporary art.

This year is the fifth exhibition in the series and serves as a retrospective of Noor Ali Rashid (1929-2010), who is considered the father of photojournalism and street photography in the UAE and served as royal photographer at the invitation of the late Sheikh Zayed.