Spirit of Ramadan
International Photography Exhibition
An unprecedented and inspiring visual celebration of Ramadan around the world, Capture the Spirit of Ramadan currently houses the world’s largest modern collection of Islamic themed photographs of art, architecture, spirituality, and cultural diversity from over 60 countries. The exhibition was named one of the Top 7 Photography Exhibitions in 2014 after showcasing in Kuala Lumpur and London. IMMC is proud to be the first Spirit of Ramadan host in the United States.
The Spirit of Ramadan visually captures the fusion of the Islamic world with the rest of the world and aims to educate and enlighten viewers through the art of photography. It began as an international platform for photographers to share their art while spreading a positive image of Islam. The initiative has been recognized and praised by the White House, UNESCO, British Museum, Aga Khan Foundation, British Council, and many global museums for “Bridging Cultures & Inspiring Creativity”.
Spirit of Ramadan was co-founded in 2011 by Basel Almisshal, an award-winning artist, architect, and United Nations Photographic Councilman, along with Harvard Museum Studies Scholar Lina Ali. The Spirit of Ramadan boasts a prestigious jury panel in its competition known as the International Ramadan Photography Competition (IRPC) including: National Geographics’ award-winning photographer of “the world’s most recognized photo” of the green-eyed Afghan girl, Steve McCurry; World Press Photo judge, Dr. Shahidul Alam; renowned British Muslim photographer Peter Sanders; and White House Special Representative to Muslim communities and Harvard Fellow, Farah Pandith, to name a few.
The photography collection is published in the world’s first photography book and magazine on Ramadan by StudioBasel, legal custodian of the initiative, an international creative arts and design studio dedicated to “the development of contemporary art and design in the Arab and Muslim world by reviving and incorporating Arabic and Islamic design influences and creative elements in modern environments”.