Muscat 111 years ago: German traveller’s photos go on show

June 07, 2015

An 11-day exhibition, ‘From Basra to Muscat’ featuring photographs by German traveller Hermann Burchardt is underway at the Photographic Society in Mawaleh. Organised in collaboration with the German Embassy in Muscat, the exhibition was inaugurated by Habib bin Muhammad al Riyami, secretary general, Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science on Wednesday.

An initiative by the German-Omani Association and supported by the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the exhibition features photos taken by Burchardt during his journey in the Gulf between 1903 and 1904.

Speaking at the inauguration, H E Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz said, German Ambassador to Oman said that the exhibition is a result of cooperation between the two countries, “This exhibition forms part of the cultural heritage of both countries.

The focus isn't on buildings or landscapes. It's on people. We're thrilled to be able to showcase these images. They represent what life was like in Muscat around 111 years ago. “We’re delighted to see so many people here. Not just photography enthusiasts, but the members of the public are also curious as to what Oman looked like long ago," said H E Reibnitz.