With the participation of more than 31 international photographers and dozens of local, professional and amateur photographers, the festival places Sharjah in the centre of the lens of so many unique photo-seekers, especially for lovers of natural sites, heritage sites, architectural landmarks and the vibrant pulse of life. All these are provided by Sharjah along its map sites and landmarks that combine the authenticity of the past and the modernity of the present.
The Palestinian photographer Mohammed Moheisen, a two – time breaking news Pulitzer Prize winner, as well as Time magazine prize winner and winner of the 2014 Oliver S. Gramling Awards, the highest staff honour of The Associated Press, will feature 12 exclusive photographs titled "The faces of Sharjah", highlighting some of the emirate's beauty spots by highlighting its tourist, historical and natural attractions, and the style of its unique architecture that combines authenticity and modernity, as well as the daily lifestyle.
The large audience of photography enthusiasts at ‘Xposure 2017’ will be able to explore Sharjah's tourist attractions, historical landmarks and architectural designs to be published on their social networking sites. The event also provides an interactive platform to highlight the ability of images to bring to light the aesthetics of everyday life and its details.
Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) said that the Emirate of Sharjah captivates everyone who sees it at first sight. It is a very big picture that is very much like thousands of small pictures that we live daily."
"Through the International Photography Festival, ‘XPOSURE 2017’, we want to give photographers the opportunity to add some of these beautiful images to their creative records,” Allay added.
The director of SGMB went on to stress that Sharjah's diverse tourist nature includes deserts, seas and mountains, in addition to historical landmarks detailing the old life in the Arabian Gulf, and modern buildings that combine Arab and Islamic architecture. These landmarks are of great interest to photographers given the difficulty of having them together in a single place. This diversity, Allay said, gives photographers the freedom to make stories that can be of interest to large number of followers around the globe.
The list of events, seminars, workshops and presentations associated with the International Festival of Photography, can be accessed through the official website www.xposure.ae, and through the social networking sites using the hashtag xposurexpf#.