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Dubai gets a retro makeover

By Mairi Mackay, CNN
  • French photographer Martin Becka has given Dubai a new look
  • He has captured images of the futuristic Emirate using a 150-year-old camera
  • Buildings given the retro treatment include Burj Al-Arab and Burj Dubai

(CNN) -- French photographer Martin Becka has come up with a novel way to capture one of the world's most modern cities, Dubai. A 150-year-old camera.

Soon-to-be world's tallest building, Burj, Dubai and sailboat-shaped Burj Al-Arab are some of the icons Becka has given an antique makeover using his 1857 view camera.

The results capture the Emirate's modern landscape in grainy black-and-white, giving the city's buildings, streets and construction sites the look of ancient monuments.

"Transmutations: Capturing Dubai using the 19th Century techniques in Photographs," Martin Becka, Until November 17 2009, Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai