Memories are a valued treasure in understanding the development of men, places and eras. Photography has proven itself in capturing the essence of such moments; often preserving them for the future publics' continued understanding.
This event is yet another moment to be celebrated. It showcases a photographic journey of a visionary who has dedicated his life to the betterment of The Kingdom of Bahrain. His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa has built this country to become a shining example of prosperity and opportunity. His Majesty's wisdom has encouraged a climate of tolerance.
The prolific work of Abdulla Al Khan documents the King's historic journey, providing glimpses into his life as a man and a leader.
Abdullah Mohammed Al Khan was born in Muharraq on August 18 of 1937. He attended Al Hidaya Al Khalifia secondary school in 1953, graduating only three years later in 1957. Al-Khan began his career in photography when he joined the Bahrain Petroleum Company BAPCO as a trainee photographer. In 1960, after noticing Al Khan's undeniable eye for photography, BAPCO sent him on a scholarship to Ealing Technical College in London to expand his skills. Al Khan graduated from college in 1963 with degrees in industrial design, photography and fine arts.
In 1970, Al Khan left the Bahrain Petroleum Company BAPCO and established Falcon Cinefoto, which at that time was the biggest photography company in the whole GCC region. In 2005 he established Bahrain House of Photography, where he converted to using digital technology.
In 2007, he published his first book, Muharraq, the Sea Rose, which exhibits his images of Bahrain's nature and beauty throughout the years.
In 2009, he published his second book 73 Democracy...The Experience of People.
In 2011, he published his third book The Book of Pearls.
Throughout his career, Abdullah Al Khan documented Bahrain -and many other regions in the Arabian Gulf- socially, economically, and politically through the lens of his camera. Furthermore, Al Khan has documented the different life stages of H.M. King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, who awarded him the Proficiency Medal in February of 2011.