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Photos of a lost Baghdad from its greatest modern architect

Rifat Chadirji’s pictures of his own buildings chronicle a Middle Eastern capital in flux Street photography plays a vital role in charting and chronicling the changing streets of modern cities. But when that photographer is an architect, one who helped create the shifting city he’s documenting, the imagery captures different perspectives. Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation, an exhibit that recently opened at Chicago’s Graham Foundation, explores the images and curbside documentation of Chadirji, a famed Iraqi modernist architect who created the styles and symbols that define much of the metropolis.
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