Louvre Abu Dhabi – Photographs: An Early Album Of The World exhibition

The Louvre Abu Dhabi gave its first exhibition dedicated to photography, in partnership with the Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac and Agence France–Muséums.

In the context of this unique event, Tactile Studio conceptualised – in partnership with this exceptional museum – the mediation of the exhibition, by designing a set of purely digital devices, explaining the main principles of photography.

Clients:  Louvre Abu Dhabi / Agence France – Muséums / Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Partners:  Devocité (development)  Myrtille Fakhreddine (scenography)

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Entitled ‘’Photographs: An Early Album Of The World 1842-1896”, this exhibition retraces the spread of the photograph as the tool for documenting, discovering and understanding the world, through a vast selection of more than 250 historical images taken between 1842 and 1896.

The invention of photography was not just a major innovation – it also changed our view of the world around us.


From the middle of the 19th century, the works of painters, engravers and illustrators competed with those of photographers which would, within a few decades, immortalise portraits and landscapes. The images would shape the perception of peoples, places and cultures.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Photo Exhibition
Louvre Abu Dhabi Photo Exhibition

How did these photographers work? What were their technical constraints? Which areas were covered?

By creating interactive animations, we have been able to relive the everyday life of a photographer in the 19th century.


One device was centred, using an animated film, on photographic techniques and their constraints.

We also developed graphical interfaces and the narration for digital non-tactile supports, inspired by the photography manuals of the time.

More than 2,500 images have been found and mapped!

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