I think I can speak here properly for all the international photographers and organizations who were guests here for the first Xposure International Photo Festival in Sharjah UAE in expressing our gratitude for exceptional hospitality. The big warm. His Excellency Sheikh Sultan (center) made it happen by reaching out to World Press Photo, The Associated Press, Magnum, Canon, and about 25 iconic photographers to create workshops, seminars and exhibitions. As photography gains incredible popularity world wide , Sheikh Sultan’s own personal interest in photography has manifested itself here in Sharjah. a cultural and art center here in the Emirates. Check out www.Xposure.AE. Sheikh Sultan is flanked here by General Humad Al Hudaidi and his son Mohammed. Thank you. Shokran. @xposurexpf
Old Dubai. One of my photographs on exhibit at the Xposure International Photo Festival in Sharjah UAE. There are just two days left for this wide range of photo exhibitions , workshops, and equipment displays. I will lead a Magnum panel discussion at 7pm this evening with Carolyn Drake and Ian Berry. Please join us.@magnumphotos
Father and son. The rulers of Dubai. Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan @faz3 and father His Highness Sheikh Mohammed watch the final horse race at the Dubai World Cup. Sheikh Hamdan, 32, is an avid adventure photographer as he travels around the world as an active ambassador for Dubai. Check out his IG account (4.2m) and you will see he is a skydiver, scuba diver, and horseman superior. This team never rests. Always on the move to mirror a positive image for Dubai and the UAE. I’ve just returned to the UAE. This time with an exhibition of my work now displayed in Sharjah at the Xposure Photo Festival. The UAE holds a special fascination for me especially since the culture is so different from Latin America where I most often work. The photographs of mine on exhibit now in Sharjah are eclectic in theme. The hospitality extended to me in both Dubai and Sharjah is the most extraordinary official hospitality in my life. I am a complete outsider, yet they have extended warm arms . I plan a book soon on the UAE “Up From Sand” a visual exploration of a young country rising very fast from the desert in less than 40 years . Unbelievable. Stay tuned for more photos from Dubai and Sharjah and keep your eye on my IG Stories.