Princess Diana Immersive Photo exhibit makes Canadian Debut in Toronto
Updated: Nov 15, 2022
Casa Loma hosts photo and art event dedicated to one of the most famous women of all time.
By: Elaine Vanderwerf
(Photo: Eugene Sirianni)
Who was Diana? What does the camera reveal?
Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access is a unique walk-thru photo documentary. It features larger than life images that take guests on a visual journey through the Princess' life, in an out of the Royal Family. Narrated by Diana’s longest-standing Royal Photographer, Anwar Hussein and his sons, the exhibit captures glimpses of love, compassion and resolve within the scope of the lens.
Housed in Toronto's Casa Loma, the city's historic, Gothic Revival style mansion, the setting perfectly provides the grandeur and elegance fit to showcase the life of a woman who captivated the world.
“Liberty Group is thrilled to be the first to host this stunning exhibit in Canada, showcasing the personal tales springing from the trusted relationship between Diana and Anwar Hussein, to shine a new light on one of the most photographed women in the world,” said Nick Di Donato, president and CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group. “This first-of-its-kind exhibit of exclusive stories and photo opps will amaze visitors of all ages, transporting them back in time to that exact moment of history.”
The photo art winds its way through Casa Loma's ornate bedrooms and halls as accredited Royal Photographers, Anwar Hussein and his two sons Samir and Zak, for the first time, share collections of their original images and the intimate, never-before-told stories behind them. The Husseins collectively spent four decades working side by side with the iconic Princess and her family.
Together with images of Diana are photos of her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the daughters-in-laws Diana would never meet, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
(Photo: Eugene Sirianni)
The Husseins joined the Royals on trips around the world and were there, cameras in hand, for milestones in their lives. The brothers and their father reveal what they witnessed first-hand, both in public and private moments through audio commentary corresponding to each image.
(Anwar Hussein with sons Samir and Zak, photo courtesy Liberty Group)
They draw comparisons between Diana, Kate and Meghan and demonstrate how Diana changed perceptions about what it was to be "Royal".
Included in the exhibition, are bespoke art installations from renowned multimedia artist, Pauline Loctin. The pieces are inspired by some of Diana’s most famous moments and fashion statements.
Princess Diana Accredited Access is an intimate story of Diana as woman, Princess, mother, humanitarian, and cultural icon as told through the camera's lens.
Exhibit runs April 20th – June 12th.
For more information visit CASALOMA.ca