Created in 2007 by the musée du quai Branly and dedicated to non western, or ‘world’ photography, Photoquai is a new international photography biennial. The curator this year is Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, an Iranian gallerist and founder of the Silk Road Gallery. For this second edition, the musée du quai Branly honours Iranian photography with an exhibition 165 years of Iranian photography: portraits from the Qajar era or images of the Shah Reza Pahlavi up until works by the most contemporary of major Iranian photographers. The Pavillon des Sessions – an annexe of the musée du quai Branly at the Louvre – is housing the exhibition
Portraits croisés, a selection of portraits from the collection of the Quai Branly, inlcuding everything from 19th-century anonymous works to shots by well-known artists including Pierre Verger and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The 2009 edition is attached to ensuring continuity between the exhibitions on the riverbanks at the musée du quai Branly (entry free of charge), and the temporary exhibitions present inside the musée du quai Branly and at the Pavillon des Sessions – its annexe at the Louvre – , as well as in partner establishments including the Musée d’Art Moderne, hosting an exhibition of the work of Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul.