Light from the Middle East: New Photography

A showcase for the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography, which the Art Fund has bought for the V&A and the British Museum, this will the first major museum exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East.

The photographs on display will show the creative responses to the social challenges and political upheavals that have shaped the Middle East over the past 20 years and will include up-to-date work made following the recent revolution in Egypt during the Arab Spring.

Explore the region and its key artists with our interactive map and listen to the curator introduce some of the key artists from the collection.

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The exhibition will showcase the work of 28 artists from 12 different countries including internationally established practitioners such as Abbas (Iran), Youssef Nabil (Egypt) and Walid Raad (Lebanon), and emerging talents including Taysir Batniji (Palestine), Shadi Ghadirian (Iran) and Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia). The work on display covers a wide range of techniques and subject matter, from photojournalism to staged or digitally manipulated imagery.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Open daily, 10am – 5.45pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm

What the critics say


Liberation and revolution brought into sharp focus!


The exhibition is full of insights from within cultures that are so often photographed and reported from the outside


This compilation of nearly 90 photographs by 30 photographers from 13 different countries of the Middle East is literally and metaphorically illuminating