Issue #2020.01

Issue #2020.01

In Memory of Børre Ludvigsen and Rifat Chadirji

Header Image: Handling of a fragile, mounted gelatin silver POP print from the Mohsen Yammine Collection. Photo: Christopher Baaklini / AIF



In Memoriam
Børre Ludvigsen
01.03.1946_30.03.2020

Magnifications of 3 scans of the same negative. Left: Epson 4990 with OEM negative holder. Middle: Epson 4990 with negative mounted emulsion down on 7mm glass with 1.2mm anti-newton ring glass over. Right: MicroTek ArtixScan 120TF with OEM glass holder. All scanned at 4000DPI with VueScan. © Børre Ludvigsen, 2009
Magnifications of 3 scans of the same negative. Left: Epson 4990 with OEM negative holder. Middle: Epson 4990 with negative mounted emulsion down on 7mm glass with 1.2mm anti-newton ring glass over. Right: MicroTek ArtixScan 120TF with OEM glass holder. All scanned at 4000DPI with VueScan. © Børre Ludvigsen, 2009


Børre Ludvigsen was a figure in information architecture and digital archiving. A figure who has played a major role in the practice of archiving and digitisation in Lebanon, and who contributed greatly to AUB and their digitisation projects. He leaves behind a beautiful archive which he initiated, the Al Mashriq Archive.

Ludvigsen was a supporter of the Arab Image Foundation. He served on the AIF’s digitisation committee from 2014 till 2016. His methods and critical approach to digital archiving continue to be valued at the Arab Image Foundation.

We want to convey our deepest sympathies to his family as well as his colleagues and students.

To learn more about Børre and his work, visit his personal website, Al Mashriq repository, and the AUB memorial page.



In Memoriam
Rifat Chadirji
06.12.1926_10.04.2020

View of “Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation", 2016, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo by: RCH | EKH.
View of “Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation", 2016, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo by: RCH | EKH.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Iraqi architect, Rifat Chadirji. 

Chadirji’s seminal work as an architect, writer and thinker will be remembered and live on through those who he has taught, his writings and architecture, family, and colleagues. The foundation in his name and the archives he leaves behind will serve as active spaces and memorials to his practice and thought. 

The Kamil and Rifat Chadirji Photographic Archives, a rich collection of negatives and prints  spent several years deposited at the Arab Image Foundation, from 2012 to 2017, and were moved to the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT which also houses the Rifat Chadirji Architecture Archive.

We want to convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Balkis Sharara, and family, as well as to his colleagues and students.

For AIF activities around this collection, see Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation: Columbia University, 2016; Graham Foundation, Chicago 2016; LAXART 2018; and the publication Rifat Chadirji - Building Index. Edited by Akram Zaatari, Mark Wasiuta, Kaph Books, 2018.

Visit rifatchadirji.com to know more about the late architect.
Obituary: Arabic & English


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