RIWAQ, Center for Architectural Conservation
Collection Type: Cultural organisation Foundation or Association NGO
Collection Size: > 50,000
Period: 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Digital files Film-based negatives Prints
RIWAQ was established in 1991 to document the built cultural heritage of Palestine. In 1994, it initiated the Registry of Historic Buildings project that provides encyclopedia of architectural information on 50,320 historic buildings in 422 Palestinian localities. 10% of these buildings no longer exist. Photography is used to document these sites.
In addition to the Registry of Historic Buildings in Palestine, RIWAQ has an archive, which consists of more than 400 computerized maps (digitized from their original paper version), and more than 150,000 photographs of historic buildings and landscapes. While some are in the digital form, others are blue prints, negatives, and slides.
RIWAQ’s archive is an invaluable resource that not only gathers information, but substantiates it in a collection of protected maps and photographs. RIWAQ is planning to publish a photo archive to make material accessible for researchers and Palestinians in the Diaspora.
Aside from the Registry of Historic Buildings, RIWAQ has been making documentary videos and film that showcase the heritage and rehabilitation process. They also have publications, a residency program and have initiated in 2005, the Riwaq Biennale.
Name: Yousef Taha
Address: P.O. box 212, Ramallah, Palestine / Palestine – Al Sharafeh – Al Bireh
Tel: +972 2 2406887
Yasser Arafat Foundation
Collection Type: Museum NGO
Collection Size: 10,000-50,000
Period: 1930-1960 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Film-based negatives Prints
The Yasser Arafat Foundation was created in 2008 as an effort to gather as much photographic and video/film material relating to the late President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian struggle in general and to research, tag and archive it as part of our National heritage.
The annual commemoration of President Arafat’s passing features an exhibition drawn from the archive based on a given theme.
Yasser Arafat museum is set to open in the near feature and will feature material from the archive as well as an online catalogue.
The collection is not available to the public.
Address: P.O. Box: 573, Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +970 2957373