Arab Image Foundation
Arab Image Foundation
The AIF collection is an open resource for the study of photography, artistic and archival practices; a space for research, critical inquiry and experimentation.

To visit the AIF, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Phone- +961 01 569 373

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Research center
Public space
The AIF's public space is designed to be an active and engaging public space for the study of photography, drawing on the strengths of the foundation’s experience and expertise to nurture new works, forms and ideas. TheAIF opens its collection to visiting artists, writers, curators, scholars, independent researchers and any interested members of the public.

Reference and video libraries

The AIF library and public space in Beirut offers visitors the opportunity to browse our image database, and to consult our reference library. The library is a rare and vital local resource, with a constantly expanding collection of around 1,300 books, monographs, catalogues and journals, in addition to a video library. The video library has been developed in collaboration with the AIF’s members and invited curators, a reflection of both the foundation’s interest in the reproducible image in various forms and the critical importance of this particular medium among contemporary artists in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Residency programs and public events
The residency program seeks to support projects of photographers, artists, researchers and academics. Residents are also encouraged to contribute to both the overall mission and the public programming of the AIF in Beirut. Residency calls are launched when funding allows and are published on the News page of the AIF website and in its e-newsletter.


The Arab Image Foundation has just started an extensive digitization campaign and is investing all its resources towards this goal. For this reason the AIF library and research space will be closed this summer from June 15th and until further notice. During this period we will not be able to answer image requests.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to updating you on the progress of this work.

The digitization campaign is made possible thanks to The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Ford Foundation.

For any urgent reasons to visit the AIF or for further information please contact us at