His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Inaugurates 7 Princesses

On March 9th, under the official patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, The Empty Quarter presented their latest photography exhibition, 7 Princesses, a collaboration with photographer Steve McCurry, at Fairmont The Palm, in the company of many local and regional dignitaries, VIPs and royalty.

20 Women

HE Sheikh Nahyan inaugurated the exhibition with a walk-through of 7 Princesses in the company Steve McCurry, and the partners of The Empty Quarter, HRH Princess Reem Al Saud and Managing Partner Safa Al Hamed.

In November 2014, 20 Emirati women were photographed by Steve McCurry, throughout each of the seven Emirates. Each photograph signified a reflection of the crucial roles played by contemporary Emirati woman. As captured eloquently through each of McCurry’s photographs, the objective behind 7 Princesses is to actively build bridges between the UAE and international cultures presenting a unique and avant-garde point of view regarding the role of Emirati women within the society and their international influences.

Steve McCurry, Sheikh Nahyan, Princess Reem, Safa Al Hamed, Sebastian Ebbinghaus

7 Princesses is the first collaborative exhibition between Steve McCurry and The Empty Quarter and his second solo show with the gallery.

“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,” says Safa Al Hamed, Managing Partner of The Empty Quarter. “This project will give all cultures a chance to explore and understand the enlightenment of Emirati women through these images,” Our vision is to create a centre of photography. We want to promote photographers both in the Middle East and internationally.”

The 7 Princesses exhibition will open to the public from 10 March to 13 March, at Fairmont The Palm, followed by public gallery opening from 16 March to 16 April, at The Empty Quarter in DIFC.