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Survivor: Life After Cluster Bomb

Survivor is a decade-long documentary photography project following the story of Mohammed, a young cluster bomb survivor. During the summer 2006 Israel-Hizbollah war in Lebanon he was riding as a passenger on his father's motorbike when it struck a cluster bomb. Over the past 10 years I have documented how Mohammed, ...  Read More »

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Traces, Fragments, Scraps: Collecting Cairo’s Discarded Images

[In this two-part essay we present a selection of captivating photographs from roughly the first half of the 20th century in Egypt, collected by Yasser Alwan and held by the photography center Akkasah at NYUAD. The essays by Akkasah director Shamoon Zamir and Alwan provide valuable context and insights into how to ...  Read More »

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Lost and Found: The Yasser Alwan Photography Collection at Akkasah

[In this two-part essay we present a selection of captivating photographs from roughly the first half of the 20th century in Egypt, collected by Yasser Alwan and held by the photography center Akkasah at NYUAD. The essays by Akkasah director Shamoon Zamir and Alwan provide valuable context and insights into how to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (2 March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (2 February)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (5 January)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (December 1)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Battling Cancer with Spirit in Gaza

One year ago, my mother came to my house for a visit. She was late. We sat together on a mattress. She opened her cigarette pack, took out two cigarettes, and we smoked together. It was hot that day. She told me that she just returned from the doctor. She wanted to tell me that she discovered she has breast cancer ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (Nov 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Cairo in Berlin

In Berlin one can find traces of almost any culture in the world. Unprepared for the magnitude of diversity this one city had to offer, my time in Berlin forced me to question everything around me. Part of myself just couldn't find a way to belong. I was constantly searching for home: in words, people, and the ...  Read More »

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Everyday Iraq

The Everyday Iraq Instagram feed was founded in early 2014 by Ahmad Mousa, a twenty-five-year old Iraqi documentary photographer and video reporter for AFP based in Baghdad. He envisioned it, he said when I spoke with him recently, “as a window to shed light on the more human side of the country, to share everyday ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (7 October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Fatherland. The Mountains of Iranian Kurdistan

When I was a child my father taught me to respect the mountains. Waking up in the middle of the night to see the sunrise from the mountaintop seemed, at the time, like pointless suffering. We did not lose time having breakfast because “you don’t eat before exerting yourself,” my father explained. He would put a few ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (1 Sept)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (4 August)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (7 July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (2 June)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Instagrabbing Palestinian Landscapes

I run to the fields, walk amidst mountains, and breathe in the smell of leaves to escape the chaos, pollution, and claustrophobia of Ramallah. The lack of open space and adequate urban parks in the city leaves me constantly hungry for green fields and crisp fresh air. Green makes me happy, as it does many people. ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (5 May)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Baghdad through Latif al-Ani's Lens

Latif al-Ani, born in 1932 in Baghdad, was a member of the photography unit at the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) between 1954 and 1960. His photographs were frequently published in the IPC publication Ahl el-Naft (People of Oil). In 1960 he went on to found the photography department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (7 April)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Publications: An Excerpt From the Book “Occupied Pleasures”

[The book Occupied Pleasures, by Tanya Habjouqa, was published by FotoEvidence, 2015. All photos by Tanya Habjouqa. The excerpts below are from “Ephemeral Moments of Pleasure: Tanya Habjouqa’s photography,” by Laleh Khalili, published in Occupied Pleasures.]   When war, colonialism, or extreme political ...  Read More »

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Beirut Event -- Manoug's Magic Lantern: Views onto Lebanon

Manoug's Magic Lantern: Views onto Lebanon  AUB, West Hall, Malhas Common Room Exhibit: Monday April 4 - Wednesday April 6, 9am-8pm Openning Event: Monday April 4, 2016 at 6 p.m. (please refer to think link for event details) In this exhibit we showcase 90 photos from our recently acquired collection of the ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (March 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (February 5)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Amman

I feel compelled to snap a picture of every angle, corner, and inch of whatever I lay my eyes on, especially within the urban environment. Much has changed in Amman over the years with the construction of new buildings and the introduction of new styles, structures, and patterns. I capture these, but when I take ...  Read More »

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The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves

[Note: The children's portraits are not paired with their drawings, for the sake of their privacy. The young artists of the drawings are kept anonymous and all children are only referred to by first name, when permitted.] The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis in a generation, yet the world has ...  Read More »

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Publications: An Excerpt From the Book "A Lebanese Archive"

[The book A Lebanese Archive by Ania Dabrowska, from the collection of Diab Alkarssifi, was published by Book Works and Arab Image Foundation, 2015.] Om Ashad, (Ashad’s Mother) Slefa Village, Lebanon, 1984 DA 1984 was a bloody year in Lebanon, with heavy fighting in Beirut. Bekaa valley was under the control ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (December 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to ...  Read More »

About the Photography Page

The photography page aims to provide a space for reflection on photography in its various forms and uses in the Middle East. We showcase the work of photographers active in the region and cultivate critical thinking about photographic practices, representations, and history. The page publishes photo essays, articles, interviews, reviews and more. It also provides information on photographic archives, agencies, and institutions, exhibits, events, and publications.


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