Michael Foley’s Walled City of Lahore

Posted on September 8, 2008
Filed Under >Darwaish, Architecture, Culture & Heritage, People, Photo of the Day
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Michael Foley is a brilliant photographer who has captured the faces of development in images that express the strength and vulnerability of the people in struggle. He has also beautifully captured the nature and the wonder of human achievement in cityspaces and architecture. Michael loves Lahore and is a frequent visitor of his most favorite city in South Asia. He writes about Lahore: What a glorious city, Lahore – vibrant, throbbing with life and so beautiful. We present eight selected photographs of Michael Foley’s collection and invite readers to tell us what is the first thing that comes in their mind when they see each photograph.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland but currently living in Washington DC, Michael works for the World Bank and has travelled a lot to developing countries, specially South Asia, helping to establish the Global Development Learning Network.

As Michael writes: I have certain interests across a spectrum, from faces to places, and from nature to architecture. In my pictures I try to catch the strength and the vulnerability of the human spirit, the beauty of nature and the play of light on form. While photography captures the fleeting moment, it also preserves it forever, and so the snapshot of today can be the historical document of tomorrow. You could say that Photography is history, its imprints gaining value as years go by, for what it says about a time, a people and a place.

Michael’s work can also be found here, here, here and here.

Photograph Details: Photographs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 were taken in June 2007, along the route of the “Royal Walk” in the walled city of Lahore. A cultural heritage project, funded by the World Bank, and involving the Gov of Punjab and the Agha Khan Trust for Culture is planned for the area. Photographs 1, 2, 6, 8 are from the Cooco’s Den in Walled City, Lahore. 3, 7 are from Masjid Wazir Khan and rest are taken inside the narrow streets of Dehli Gate.

25 responses to “Michael Foley’s Walled City of Lahore”

  1. miles says:

    amazing article .. you have really put alot of your hardwork in that article .. good work

  2. Adeel Abbas says:

    lahore is Well known from its History point of View, but old buildings in lahore are miserable now…no 1 take any tension to fix them…that is the most unfortunate stuff.:(

  3. Zohaib says:

    I am a young journalist and Documentary maker from Pakistan. I am Associate Producer News at the only English News Channel of Pakistan Express 24/7. Being a responsible citizen of the walled city of Lahore, I am producing short research based documentaries on Walled city of Lahore and these short reports are being telecast on Express 24/7 on every Sunday. So far I have made six reports out of fourteen and rest of them are in pipeline which will be telecast every Sunday.

    here are the links of those six reports that I mentioned above.







  4. annie says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful images.

  5. Watan Aziz says:

    Each trip to the inner “androon” city was a Hansel and Gretel experience for me. I would leave mental crumbs on how many right or left turns. Which narrow alley, where only one person can pass at a time. How many crossovers of the open “nali”. Which house door did I see that looked unique enough to remember.

    I always feared that I will not rememeber my way back and asking directions in unknown area is not the smartest thing to do. And that I will never get out of this maze of alleys and pathways.

    However, that never happened. And I did manage to ask directions from friendly corner shopkeepers.

    You can find the names of all the gates here, Gates of Lahore.

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