The Old City of Al Madinah: A Photographer's Studio & Open Museum
Camera in hand, Moath Alofi has been documenting the cultural and environmental heritage of the holy city of Al Madinah. He shares the stories embedded in old doors, stones and natural surroundings through his photography work, his nascent aerial tour company and a new art center. As a native son, Alofi is our tour guide as we uncover the rich heritage of Al Madinah and consider the impact of modern development as it reshapes the landscape.
Born in Al Madinah, Moath Alofi has built on his professional background in environmental design to become a noted photographer, chronicler of urban change and supporter of the arts. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Bond University, Australia, and works as an Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Coordinator and Safety Specialist at Dar Al Hijra. Since 2013, he has undertaken a photographic journey entitled ‘Doors of Barlik’ to explore the fast-expanding holy city by documenting its cultural heritage, hidden treasures, and social and urban transformation. His photography has been featured in many publications, including Der Spiegel and The Arab Review, and exhibited in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman. Alofi is the founder of Almthba, an interdisciplinary studio based in Al Madinah that promotes and supports regional artists and researchers. Alofi also co-founded Erth Team, an ecotourism-style agency which specializes in exploration trips using aerial photography.
To view Moath Alofi's stunning portfolio, visit his website.