260 rare photographs of Saudi Arabia’s founding King can be found in this place
A number of photographers were able to document the journey of Saudi Arabia’s founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud with their cameras.
Some of the most prominent to have documented the history of the king were Mohamed Sadiq, Douma, Bonfis, Zanjaki, Mirza, Sherley, Rochester, Virilio, Wert and others.
Their photographs are among a rare collection that emphasize the history of the founding monarch that is filled with accomplishments which have been written by many historians over time.
The King Abdulaziz Library has wide range of images, which constitute the large visual area that documents – for researchers and those concerned with Saudi history – pictures and scenes of Saudi life, showing the different stages of constructions and establishment of the kingdom.
It also photographs the positions of the King through his interviews and meetings with a large number of historical figures from presidents, kings, ministers, ambassadors and international personalities concerned with the issues of the Arab world and the events of the Middle East.
Pictures of the founder, documents for history
The images form a visual history of events and facts, highlighting the importance of each image and its historical significance. Through these photographs, those interested with the social and political history of Saudi Arabia can use it to promote an idea, formulate an opinion or express a historical event.
These series of photographs reveal how King Abdulaziz was keen on meeting with citizens, and guiding them, and meeting with tribal elders directly in open meetings.
One of the pictures shows his interest in education and honoring scientists and students alike. A number of pictures also show the Hajj seasons, with his great interest in the pilgrimage and his guidance to ease the task of the pilgrims of the House of Allah and his meetings with pilgrims from the Arab and Islamic countries.
There is a number of other pictures showing his official meeting, may he rest in peace, with a huge number of officials and politicians during important historical events, the most important of these occasions were with Faruk of Egypt, Winston Churchill of Britain and US President Roosevelt.
It is worth mentioning that the King Abdul-Aziz Public Library has acquired a valuable collection of photographs in its original
and illustrated forms, representing various areas of life in important historical periods, from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and these photographs constitute a part of the Middle East.
The collection includes scenes from the Arabian Peninsula, and also includes an important visual record for a number of countries in the Arab and Islamic world. The pictures cover scenes representing the various life areas in Mecca, Medina and the north west of the Kingdom and its heritage and archeological sites highlighting the history of the region as well as a collection of pictures of Al-Aqsa Mosque and scenes of social life at the time, such as pictures of desert convoys and pictures of markets and places of assembly.
The collection reflects many of the architectural arts of the region in that period, as reflected in the pictures of mosque designs, palaces and historic buildings, fine arts, fashion, social customs, handicrafts, varied architectural models.