The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai has teamed up with the Leiden University and a Dutch publisher to present a unique exhibition revisiting the historical photographs published by Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje in 1889 as Bilder aus Mekka, one of the most important collections of early photographs of the holy city of the Islam. Thanks to the kind support of Mr Abu Bakar Al Hamed, the original plates held by the Leiden University have been expertly rephotographed and reprinted as a portfolio of valuable platinum prints.

A second part of the collaboration with the Dutch publisher will consists in publishing a beautiful, collectable boxed set, containing a fascimile reproduction of the original Bilder aus Mekka album, together with a companion volume on Snouck Hurgronje’s presence in Mekka and Jedda, written by a leading specialist on this subject.

We are very proud to present an exhibition of the 20 platinum prints during the month of the Haj. The exhibition will be opened on November 9 and runs until December 6.