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

Mohammed Abdalraheem Abduallah and a group of Sudanese male citizens

Muhammed Tahir and unidentified others

A photograph of a number of Coptic families in the city of Atbara

Diesel electric employees at the farewell of Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel Ghaffar

A photograph of Hasan Mahdi and Abd Al-Rahman Tikka

A photograph taken at the Swimming Championship in Atbara

A photograph of a Sudanese citizen

The Military Governor Mohammed Al-Hadi Hamed with Al-Awad Hamid, Abd Al-Rahman Mahjoub and the director of the directorate

A photograph of the students and their teachers of a middle school for girls in Atbara

A photograph of a male Sudanese citizen

A number of citizens planting trees on holiday

A photograph of the successor of the Azeemiyya method

A photograph that brings together three male Sudanese friends

The No.2 position officers in the artillery forces department in the city of Atbara

Hassan Mahmoud

Nemiri's visit to Atbara

A photograph showing the minister Mr. Yahia Al-Fadly during his visit to Al-Ummah party's headquarter The National Ummah Party is a moderate Islamic centrist political party in Sudan.

A photograph of Bahjat Polis and her sister

A photograph from the famous historical railroad.

Mr. Abd Al-Qadir Haj Al-Safi, Ahmed Al-Haj, Mr. Abd Al-Rahman Mahjoub and Mr. Nasr Ahmed Siddig on the day of raising the Sudanese flag on the first of January 1965 in the city of Atbara.

Photograph of the graduation of a batch of recruits of the Atbara artillery forces

Mustafa Darwish daughters

A monk and some nuns in the city of Atbara

A photograph of the Director of the Directorate receiving a salute at the Independence Celebrations, beside Commander Ibrahim Hassan Khalil.

A photograph of the government of Atbara city celebrating the visit of the Egyptian delegation

Mustafa Hashim near the bridge of Atbara's river

A photograph of three Sudanese girls

Sudanese male citizen

Photo brings together the diesel unit workers/ in the farewell of their colleagues / Abd-Alraheem Awad Al-Kareem and Awad Mohammed Zayn

The teachers and students of Atbara's community school

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