Dubai Today’s Suzanne Radford speaks with photographer and artist Ramesh Shukla and his son Neel Shukla about Ramesh’s photographic collection he has accumulated over the past fifty years and which is currently being exhibited at the Etihad Museum.
The museum, spread over 26,000 square metres, is located adjacent to the Union House where the declaration to establish the independent state of the United Arab Emirates was signed in 1971.
‘The right place and the right time’ is how Ramesh describes his destiny and his presence in the UAE and who, after arriving in Sharjah from India in 1965, went on to photograph and document some of the pivotal moments in UAE history and captured a culture and changing landscape fascinating to see now and see how far the country has developed.
Here are some of the iconic photos taken by Ramesh and one with his original camera standing infront of his photo, an historic moment with the sheikh’s standing under the new flag. In the photo you see:
Ramesh Shukla is the author of the books The United Arab Emirates the First 30 Years in Photographs and Forty Years of Historical Photographs.