Collection Type: Foundation or Association Private collection
Collection Size: > 50,000
Period: 1900-1930 1930-1960 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Digital files Film-based negatives Prints
In the late 1950s, the Bahrain Petroleum Company provided training to two Bahraini photographers in the United Kingdom, Khalifa Shaheen and Abdullah Mohamed al-Khan. In 1971, both individuals founded Studio Falcon Cinefoto in Bahrain, a studio for photography and cinema. They produced photographs for almost 50 years together until they split in 2006.
This led them to creating two competing studios. Khalifa Shaheen and his son created Khalifa Shaheen Digital Images while Abdullah Mohammed al-Khan created Bahrain House of Photography. Al- Khan took the original photographs and the negatives while Khalifa Shaheen took digital copies and the right to use them. Both photographers claim having a million pictures.
Khalifa Shaheen Digital Images (KSDi) collection covers all the fields of Bahrain life with a special attention paid to technological innovations and transports such as airports, aircrafts and related inaugurations since the 1930s. They sell digital print and provide editorial services, as well as digitization services to private institutions. They have digitized the American Mission Hospital’s photographic archive.
Name: Nader Khalifa Shaheen
Address: PO. Box 31425, Manama, Bahrain
Tel: +973 17593993