Portrait of Ahmed Zakaria and his wife. Copyright Rashid Photo Studio.
Portrait of Ahmed Zakaria and his wife. Copyright Rashid Photo Studio.

Rashid Photo Studio

Premiere for 'Hopes & Dreams' at Omdurman's national cinema. Copyright Rashid Photo Studio.
Rashid Photo Studio

The Al Rashid Studio in Atbara is the largest private photo studio in Sudan. The studio includes over four million negatives dating back to the 1940s of public, private and family events, as well as of local industry, politics and movements. Atbara was at the centre of Sudan’s railway industry and regarded as the cradle of the Sudanese trade union movement and of Sudanese communism.

The studio’s founder, Rashid Mahdi (1923-2008), was a Sudanese cameraman, film producer and director ,and a self-taught photographer. Following his graduation from the industrial school in Omdurman, he bought his first camera. Rashid Mahdi then returned to Atbara to establish his own studio and what was Atbara’s first photo studio in 1939, with his self-built ‘illuminate camera’ constructed of wood. Rashid Mahdi and his studio thrived and was continued by Amin El Rashid (1945-), son of Rashid Mahdi, up to the mid-1990s.

Amin El Rashid is passionate about preserving the studio’s collections, for both the studio’s legacy but also as a cultural heritage of Sudan, especially of the cosmopolitan city that was Atbara, and as a resource for researchers. For, as stated by Amin, ‘a country without a history is a country without a future’. Amin has been working with Sudan Memory since 2017 to record a large part of the studio’s archive.

What is presented here is a selection of scanned materials that showcases this collection. For more information on the collection, please contact the collection contributor.

Atbara, Sudan

A scout parade at the Sport Centre

A photograph of the teachers and students of Atbara's southern school

One of the refugees from the Congo Republic in Sudan

The Al-Rabta football team from the city of Al-Damr

Abd-Alhafeez Al Hasan

Faction Leaders' Division No. 5 with Lt. Gen. Mohammed Zain al-Abidin and Hadi Bushra

President Ismael Alazhri , Alhaj Mohammed Farah and the rest of the delegation.

A photograph taken at the farewell celebration for two men and the engineer Abd Al-Rahim who worked at the Railway Authority

A photograph of seven recruits from the local police forces in Atbara

A photograph of the the visit of President of the Republic of Sudan Ibrahim Abboud to the city of Atbara

A photograph of the public queuing to vote in the elections

Abd-Alwahab Jubara Allah and his friend

A photograph taken at the farewell ceremony of the Administrative Secretary at the city of Al-Damr

Abd-Allateef Abd-Aljawad

Photograph of the sons of Abd-Aljawad

A prison inmate in the city of Atbara

Alhaj Mahir Abdalhafeez

Hashem Khanji and his friends

Atbara's Hospital with Al-Bahari, the Minister of Transportation, and the Deputy Director of the Directorate's Affairs

A photograph of Mohammed Al-Naeem from Al-Damr

The entrance of the Artillery Force's headquarters with soldiers standing for the Karkol of honor of the prime minister Abd-Allah Khalil.

The moment a football player was rescued by paramedics in the city of Atbara in the 1950s

'Pulling The Rope' race among the students in Atbara's high school

Doctor Kamal's daughter

Amal Farah

Al Haj Abd Al-Raheem reading his speech at a political seminar

Sudanese airlines- Al-Gumhoria Avenue, Khartoum

A photograph of headmaster Hasan Nori among teachers and staff of the Workers' School in the city of Atbara

A photograph of a Sudanese female citizen named Haram Hasan Hussien

A photograph of Amal Ismael accompanied by her husband and friends

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