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Open to the public:
Monday and Tuesday by appointment only through
11 am : 5 pm

  Beirut, Lebanon
Zoghbi Building, 4th Floor 337 Gouraud Street, Gemmayzeh.


The Arab Image Foundation is an independent association forging new pathways for photography and image practices. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of artistic creation, research, and archiving, we explore, question and confront the complex social and political realities of our times.

Our collection of over 500,000 photographic objects and documents from and related to the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora has been gradually assembled by artists and researchers and through donations over the last 20 years. With a critical and innovative approach, we collect, rethink, preserve, activate and understand these photographs through their multiple strata, and enrich the collection in the process.

The AIF looks to engage a broad regional and international community in experimental thought and practice that extends the photographic concept. We offer an inspiring and welcoming environment open to everyone: through our digital platform, our space in Beirut, and our projects and partnerships. Artists, researchers, students, cultural practitioners and the general public are warmly encouraged to learn, discover, create, and exchange ideas.


The Arab Image Foundation Library and Documentation Centre in Beirut is open to everyone for reference use. It holds over 2,300 books, journals and documents related to photography, art, and the MENA region.

The library is an essential resource for anyone with an interest in photography and visual culture. It offers:

• Monographs, catalogues, artist and photo books, scholarly works, essays and journals spanning photography, art, art theory, regional history, and preservation.
• A video library curated by AIF members and invited contributors.
• Nearly 175000 contact prints - reproductions after the AIF negatives collections, housed in binders.
• Documentary resources related to the AIF’s work and regional artistic practices.
• The full catalogue of the AIF collection, including records not displayed online.

A consultation space is available, limited to 3 visitors at a time.
We aim for the library to be as accessible as possible to all users. You can contact us before your visit if you have any special access requirements.