The Burj Khalifa

In 2008, Martin Becka, the Czech-born photographer turned his 1850s camera on Dubai.

He shot and developed a series of scenic photographs of Dubai using only equipment from the 19th century. 

Below are Fox Talbot Calotype Waxed paper negatives, taken with a view camera from 1857. The work was later engraved on copper plates, inked and printed on hand made paper.

The Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab

Our City of Gold

Business Central Towers / Dubai Internet City

The result is a marriage of antique and contemporary; modern-day Dubai, seen through the lens of yesteryear. 

Emirates NBD building / Dubai Creek

Etisalat building / Al Jafilia

Sheikh Zayed Road

For this project, Becka captured our beautiful city using techniques that date back to the very beginnings of photography. 

The incredible Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa

Dubai Metro, during the construction phase

Emirates Towers

By staging a collision between the historical and the present time, Becka creates a deliberate anachronism and takes us far from the usual expectations we harbour towards Dubai.

E11 / Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Marina