Under the patronage of Qatar Museums chairperson HE Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and vice-chairperson Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani, Sheikh Hamad bin Salman al-Thani recently unveiled a photography exhibition titled “On Route 66” at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha.
The exhibition showcased several stunning photographs taken by Sheikh Hamad and Rashed al-Mohannadi during their trip along America’s iconic Route 66. The photographers’ eye for detail and remarkable skills were evident from the images they captured throughout their inspiring journey from the east coast to the west coast.
While talking about the photographs, Sheikh Hamad said: “Route 66 is very historic and has a lot to do with the American culture, which in itself is a melting pot of different cultures. So, going through seven states and different time zones inspires you and teaches you how to appreciate these different cultures.”
US Ambassador to Qatar Susan L Zaideh showed great appreciation for the exhibition and the photographers’ efforts in capturing the diversity of the US through their lens.
Speaking about the photographs and the idea of showcasing them in such a manner, the envoy said: “They (Sheikh Hamad and al-Mohannadi) saw small towns and big cities and Americans of all ages and backgrounds and from all walks of life. I’m so pleased that they had the opportunity to take this journey and were able to bring back such stunning photographs to share here in Qatar.
“Exchanges like this go far to develop our better understanding of one another’s culture and build strong people-to-people relationships between our two countries.”
The photographs captivated the audience with their rich colours and extensive assortment of themes and subjects. Making the occasion more engaging for all those present at the event, Sheikh Hamad explained the stories and details behind each photograph and why he and al-Mohannadi decided to capture those particular moments with their photography.
When asked to reveal the secret behind the photographs, Sheikh Hamad expressed his deep connection with his work and the intricate planning for it.
While some photographs focus on the historic landmarks spread across Route 66, others highlight everyday American life and its intricacies that inspired the photographers during their journey.