Baghdad urban design photographic exhibition opens in US

An exhibition of the work of architect and photographer Rifat Chadirji who photographed his own urban designs in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad is currently being staged in the US.

Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives is on show at the Arab Image Foundation, an exhibit that recently opened at Chicago’s Graham Foundation art gallery.

Chadirji is a famed Iraqi modernist architect who created the styles and symbols that define much of the city.

He was born into an influential family in Baghdad and served as president of the architecture firm Iraq Consul and during a career where he designed nearly 100 buildings, became a cornerstone of what would be called the Baghdad School of Architecture. Zaha Hadid studied with him one summer.