Friday,16 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1373, (14 - 20 December 2017)
Friday,16 November, 2018
Issue 1373, (14 - 20 December 2017)

Ahram Weekly

The Art of Wedding Portraiture

“Studio Armand: The Art of Wedding Portraiture”, an exhibition by the Swiss-Armenian photographer Armand Arzrouni is currently on show at the AUC Photographic Gallery, co-curated by Ahmed Safyeldi.  Arzrouni worked in his father’s photography studio in downtown Cairo between 1961-2007. Both father and son specialised in portrait photography, carving a lucrative niche market photographing wedding portraits, highly popular among the middle and upper classes.  Some photos on display are by Armand’s
“Studio Armand: The Art of Wedding Portraiture”, an exhibition by the Swiss-Armenian photographer Armand Arzrouni is currently on show at the AUC Photographic Gallery, co-curated by Ahmed Safyeldi. Arzrouni worked in his father’s photography studio in downtown Cairo between 1961-2007. Both father and son specialised in portrait photography, carving a lucrative niche market photographing wedding portraits, highly popular among the middle and upper classes. Some photos on display are by Armand’s father Armenak Arzrouni (1901-1963), whose subjects included members of the royal family including King Farouk’s sisters and second wife Nariman as well as political figures including Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Mustafa El-Nahas Pasha, and foreign heads of state visiting Egypt like Faisal I of Iraq and the Sudanese president Jaafar Nemeiri. He also photographed film stars and famous cabaret dancers. Using light and shadow to dramatic effect for portraiture, Armenak's wedding photography also stood out thanks to the elaborate floral settings. Armand’s first portrait was of King Farouk’s sister, Princess Faika, and her family. Armand Arzrouni was born in Laussane, Switzerland in 1937, and spent his childhood in Heliopolis, an upper-class suburb of Cairo. After completing his primary and preparatory schooling at the English Mission College, his father sent him to Institut Stavia SA in Estavayer-Le-Lac, Switzerland to finish his secondary school studies. Armand returned to Egypt and graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1957, earning a BSc in chemistry, inheriting the studio in 1963. He retired and closed the studio in 2007. The exhibition is on until 20 December Nagwa El-Ashri

“Studio Armand: The Art of Wedding Portraiture”, an exhibition by the Swiss-Armenian photographer Armand Arzrouni is currently on show at the AUC Photographic Gallery, co-curated by Ahmed Safyeldi.


Arzrouni worked in his father’s photography studio in downtown Cairo between 1961-2007. Both father and son specialised in portrait photography, carving a lucrative niche market photographing wedding portraits, highly popular among the middle and upper classes.


Some photos on display are by Armand’s father Armenak Arzrouni (1901-1963), whose subjects included members of the royal family including King Farouk’s sisters and second wife Nariman as well as political figures including Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Mustafa El-Nahas Pasha, and foreign heads of state visiting Egypt like Faisal I of Iraq and the Sudanese president Jaafar Nemeiri. He also photographed film stars and famous cabaret dancers. Using light and shadow to dramatic effect for portraiture, Armenak's wedding photography also stood out thanks to the elaborate floral settings. Armand’s first portrait was of King Farouk’s sister, Princess Faika, and her family.


Armand Arzrouni was born in Laussane, Switzerland in 1937, and spent his childhood in Heliopolis, an upper-class suburb of Cairo. After completing his primary and preparatory schooling at the English Mission College, his father sent him to Institut Stavia SA in Estavayer-Le-Lac, Switzerland to finish his secondary school studies. Armand returned to Egypt and graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1957, earning a BSc in chemistry, inheriting the studio in 1963. He retired and closed the studio in 2007.


The exhibition is on until 20 December

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