Latif Al Ani is now known as the founding father of Iraqi photography. Latif was prolific in documenting the average, everyday life in Iraq during the 1950s to the 1970s.

During the 1960s, when competing political groups were struggling for power, Al Ani was exhibiting his work in America and Europe, as well as occasionally throughout the Middle East.

Sadly by the 1980s Saddam Hussein’s authoritarian regime made it impossible to photograph in public. During the U.S invasion in 2003 Al Ani would lose  much of his historical archive, which lead to the prolific artist to Latif lose interest in continuing to use his camera to create photography.

 

Main image: US couple at Taq Kasra, Al Mada’in, Salman Pak, Baghdad, 1965 | © Latif Al Ani

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