Anne Geddes portrays Qatari athletes

13 February 2014

Exhibitions, Industry news

The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) and Hamad Medical Corporation’s Women’s Hospital of Qatar in Doha have unveiled a series of twelve images portraying local athletes with newborn babies and young children. Located at the hospital’s main hallway, the images are part of an initiative by QMA Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa to raise awareness on Diabetes 2 and the importance of engaging in sports activities at an early age. 

© Anne Geddes. Yassin Ismail Mousa (Basketballer) holding Mohammad (1 kg - 3 weeks old)Featuring past and current athletes and children of various ages, the 'Healthy Living from the Start' project aims to demonstrate that a healthy lifestyle, beginning in childhood by taking part in sports and general exercise, can effectively reduce the incidence of Diabetes 2 within the Qatar population. The series of photographs were produced by world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes during her visit to Doha in March 2013.

The participating athletes were: Nasser Al-Attiya, Nada Arakji, Ali Al Mass,Hamad Al Hammadi, Hannah Al Bader, Shaden Wahdan,Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani, Bahia Al Hamad, YassinMahmoud, Bahiya Al-Hamad, Miriam Farid, Moutaz Majed, Nada Mohammed Wafa.

Commenting on the importance of this project, Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at QMA, said: “We were delighted to work with the world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes on this important project that was the initiative of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa. Anne’s photographs are admired by millions around the world. These photographs remind us of the miracle of life and the strong bond between parents and their children and the families bonds. Like the athletes each new born has the chance to become an inspiration for the next generation.

HMC Managing Director Hanan Al Kuwari PhD said Hamad was pleased to be involved in a project that highlighted the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. “This unique and engaging project will serve as an inspiration and reminder of the hopes and dreams this nation engenders as well as the importance of supporting and enabling a healthy and active lifestyle from the very beginning,” Dr. Al Kuwari said. “We are honored to be chosen as the venue to host this exhibition and I know these images will both inspire and motivate the many people who pass through Women’s Hospital.

Born in 1956, Anne Geddes is an Australian-born photographer, clothing designer and businesswoman. One of the world’s most respected photographers, she creates images that are iconic, award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. Her imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity, vulnerability, and preciousness of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be protected, nurtured, and loved. Anne's work has been published in 83 countries and her books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. Passionate about giving back, Anne is a partner of the United Nation's Foundation Every Woman Every Child initiative. In 2012 Anne became the Global Advocate for Shot@Life, a campaign which aims to provide access to life saving vaccines in developing countries.

Main image: Anne Geddes, Nasser Al-Attiya (Rally Driver and Shooter) holding Aedham (14 days old) and Above: Yassin Ismail Mousa (Basketballer) holding Mohammad (1 kg - 3 weeks old)