ABU DHABI 1970s FASHION THROUGH THE LENS OF JACK BURLOT
Today’s post is inspired by an article published in the local UAE newspaper, The National, a couple of weeks ago. Titled “Cacharel and the city” the article the interview covers French photographer Jack Burlot’s impressions of the Abu Dhabi in the context of the newly found wealth of commercial oil reserves in the 1970s, where he also comments on the rarity in those days of staging fashion shoots alongside the hustle & bustle of everyday life; and the welcoming, albeit bemused nature of fishermen & other onlookers. The shoot may have started out with 1970s fashion as subject, but in the process offered a glimpse of life during that era.
“Among all of French photographer Jack Burlot’s entrancing photographs of everyday life Abu Dhabi in the 1970s, a fashion shoot featuring a French model, posing on the waterfront and in Qasr Al Hosn, stands out as an anomaly. The shoot, which ran in a few now-forgotten European magazines, was part of a collection of photos taken by the photographer in 1974 as, in his 20s; he documented the oil boom for Gamma, a French agency.” via The National.