Here Is My Secret.
Photographs by Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Ahmad Al-Thani.
Qatar Museum Authority / Steidl,
160 pp., 80 tritone illustrations, 11½x9½".
Much of Qatar appears to be desert stretching in all directions – a seemingly lifeless landscape of low, barren sand
plains and rolling dunes. Yet within this desolateness are signs of life and things of beauty which Al-Thani – who has
perhaps examined the Qatari landscape more closely than any other photographer – reveals for the first time to an
international audience. The photos in Here is My Secret were taken in 2008 and 2009, when Al-Thani traversed Qatar,
his only companions a Toyota four-wheel drive and his Leica camera. Eschewing human change on the landscape, Here
is My Secret is a poetic contemplation on nature and an illustration of the larger cultural transformation that Qatar is