THE SKETCH OF ALHAZEN (ESSAY)

About the Project

Abu Ali al-Hassan Ibn Haytham, better known in the west by the Latinised form Alhazen; was a scientist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher born in the year 965 in Basra (present day Iraq). Living during the great expansion of Islamic Civilization he was in-fluenced by its glorious period of scientific and artistic development. His works dedicated efforts on understanding and explaining the nature of light, optics and vision perception.Author of Book of Optics, he mentioned the use of albeit almuzlim which would be translated later as camera obscure.

The present essay The sketch of Alhazen acknowledges the legacy of this scholar. Al- though today we think his optical researches as a branch science, I would prefer to assume that Ibn Haythim also approached his work as a theologian: his interest in optics was motivated by his interest in vision, which in turn was motivated by religious belief.

The observation of reflections projected within a technical device has being visualized nowadays in a large number of sophisticated cameras and digital devices and further- more it has caused massive changes in the contemporary world. The presented essay attempts to pounder about images presence in the landscape and environment. It as- sembles and moves through technical images or traditional images, profane and sacred, between permissibility and interdiction on Islamic creed and culture as all photographs were taken during a three months travelling which I undertook the minor pilgrimage visiting the holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Categories: Photobook, Travelogue, Travelogue, , Photography

Project Name: THE SKETCH OF ALHAZEN (ESSAY)