Karin Adrian von Roques author of the lead essay on contemporary photographic art is the pioneering curator and expert on classical Islamic art and contemporary Arab art. Ms. von Roques has worked in the Middle East and North Africa for more than twenty years, bringing important contemporary Arab art to museum audiences in Europe, Asia and the United States. Essays on the history of Arab photographic expression are being written by Samer Mohdad, a well-known Lebanese photographer, writer, and co-founder of the Foundation de l'Image Arabe in Beirut. Dr. Claude W. Sui, Chief Curator of the International Forum of Photography at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, and Curator of Exhibitions on nineteenth century photography in Arabia and the Holy Lands, Mecca and Medina to Jerusalem. Mona Khazindar, Director General of the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris will write an essay on the history of modern Arab photography and its relationship to contemporary art. Wendy Watriss, Senior Curator and Artistic Director for FotoFest International will write the introductory essay for the book.