Little was known of this area at the time when Italian photographer and explorer Ilo Battigelli traversed the deserts and villages of the Eastern shores of Arabia. The images includes rarely seen photographs depicting social and economical life and documenting an important phase in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The photographs themselves are not just of a political nature but also depict artistic beauty in the expressions of those photographed on historical occasions. Battigelli who died in 2009 was a master photographer with an eye for detail and personal touch in his landscapes and portraits.
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