The name TINTERA takes its inspiration from the ancient Egyptian town of Dendera where a relief on the walls of the Temple of Hathor shows the sun projecting its rays on the land. When the medium of photography was introduced in 1839 photographers flocked to Egypt not only to capture the hieroglyphic inscriptions and monuments, but because they were also drawn to the abundance of light, the most essential component of photography. Throughout the 20th century Egypt continued to be a destination for the biggest names in photography and remains one of the most photographed places in the world.

TINTERA was founded in order to shine light on these past photographers and on those working today. We manage photographic collections, represent fine art photographers working in Egypt, and advise on the acquisition and sales of photography.

F. Bedford,  Dendera , 1862

F. Bedford, Dendera, 1862

The Founders

Zein Khalifa is a photographic consultant and practicing photographer, based in London. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, New York and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She obtained her MA in the History of Photography examining the work of Egyptian photographers, both historical and contemporary. From 2014 to 2016 she was Associate Director of Sales at HackelBury Fine Arts, a London based gallery focusing on pioneering contemporary mid-career artists. During her tenure there she participated extensively in international art fairs and worked closely with collectors, artists and curators successfully assisting in placing many works in important private collections and leading art institutes.

Heba Farid is an artist, curator, researcher and educator in photography, based in Cairo. She has a background in architecture from Canada and the USA, and currently teaches photography in the Visual Arts program at the American University in Cairo. She is a founder of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) an art centre dedicated to the visual image in Cairo. Both independently and as the former coordinator of the photographic heritage program for CULTNAT, a satellite of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, she has curated and collaborated on exhibitions based on historic photograph collections and has participated in and published articles for several regional symposiums and journals on archiving and Egypt’s photographic heritage. Having received professional training in preservation and management of photograph collections, she is an alumni of the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative.

TINTERA was founded in order to shine light on these past photographers and on those working today

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