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Photography Media Roundup (December 6)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements: Photo Exhibit: ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Kuwait City

Every Friday during my day off work, I take my camera and explore Kuwait City. Kuwait on the weekends, especially in the mornings, is very peaceful. Everyone seems relaxed and to be having a quiet time. Some days I go to the Friday market, which is a flea market that opens on weekends only, to photograph pieces ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (October 13)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements: Exhibition and ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (September 4)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements: Fall classes now ...  Read More »

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The Iron Way

Two years ago, I took a ride on the train in Egypt. After experiencing this unique world, all I wanted to do was find the human inside the train — not the one who takes the train every now and again but the one who constantly uses it and has made it an enduring part of their life. These are the forlorn people who ...  Read More »

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Beard Phobia

[Photos and text by Mohamed Ali eddin.] During the 25 January 2011 revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, liberals, and leftists together against injustice and dictatorship. People dared to ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (August 11)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Challenging Visual Stereotypes of ...  Read More »

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Layer of Green: Eleven Photographic Works

Layer of Green Eleven Photographic Works March - April 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   “Layer of Green” is the outcome of a photography workshop organized by Goethe-Institut Kairo and CIC- PhotoSchool in November 2013. The theme is a highly adaptable layer that reflects a notion of green ...  Read More »

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Experimenting and Exploring: Student Photography from Cairo

Photographs by German University in Cairo 2013 Photography Students, text by Yasser Alwan. After a semester-long introduction to photography, first-year Applied Arts students at the German University in Cairo had three weeks to formulate, carry out, and edit a photography project of their choice. Some of the ...  Read More »

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Dodging City Archive / Beirut Chapter

(Photos and text by Giulia Guadagnoli, unless otherwise noted.) I started walking around Beirut in 2010. An initial feeling of exhaustion by overwhelming physical obstacles and blind corners evolved into an enthusiasm for the solutions adopted by inhabitants to rest, trespass, bypass, and envision. This collection of ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (June 5)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Upcoming Events: Celebrate ...  Read More »

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Sisi Mania in Photos

Expressions of support for former army chief and the presumed presidential election winner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have reached new heights during the lead-up to the 26-28 May 2014 vote. His name and image can be found on billboards all over the buildings, posters plastered on the walls coffee shops, and photos on ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (May 6)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Upcoming Events: Lecture by Ania ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Riyadh

Text and photographs by Pascal Menoret. This photographic journey begins in 2002 in Riyadh, in the old city center of al-Dira—a word that means both living place and homeland. It was a bright June afternoon, before the blasting heat hit the city for three relentless months. Taking a break from the institute where I ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (April 4)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Reuters maintains dogged silence on ...  Read More »

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Weapons of the Resilient: A Postscript to "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World"

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World (27 August 2013 – 12 January 2014) a photography exhibit curated by Kristen Gresh at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), had a surprise at its heart—that images of seemingly passive subjects, such as a veiled woman or a listless harem girl, could ...  Read More »

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A Cycle of Insecurity in Egypt's North Sinai

Photos and text by Rob Stothard. Interviews by Rob Stothard and Max Strasser. Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, sandwiched between two old foes, is a territory of vital importance. Bordered by the Suez Canal to the west and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east, North Sinai is home to a thriving smuggling trade and several ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (March 6)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Layer of Green, Eleven ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Khartoum

While working on a story in Sudan I found myself using my iPhone much more than my professional camera for personal snapshots. Mainly because it is easy, discrete, and has a deep depth of field. These are Instagram snapshots of observations and daily life in the Sudanese capital over a week in early January 2014. ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (January 30)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.]  New Book: Keep Your Eye on ...  Read More »

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Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours later we arrived to see dozens of Syrian ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (November 21)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Josef Koudelka: Formed by the ...  Read More »

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Silver Faces

[Photos and text by Mohamed Ali eddin.] Over the past fifty years Mit Ghamr has been transformed from an agricultural city to a huge industrial hub. At the heart of the Egyptian Delta thousands of farmers left their plots to join the thriving new industry of making aluminum pots. The faces of workers, including ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (November 8)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.]   Night Visitor, ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (October 22)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] “Afghan Americans": A Study ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (October 8)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Death of a Brave One, AFP’s ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Critical Histories of Photography in the Middle East, Special Issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

Call for Submissions "Critical Histories of Photography in the Middle East" Special Issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication Deadline for Abstracts: 30 November 2013 A rich vernacular photographic culture has thrived in the Middle East for well over a century. The history of this ...  Read More »

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Photography Media Roundup (September 24)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Empowering Arab Women Through ...  Read More »

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Course Announcement: Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative

Applications are currently being accepted for Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative Amman 2014 Workshop date: 20-28 January 2014 Workshop venue: National Library of Jordan in Amman Distance mentoring: February to September 2014 Follow-up meeting: Fall 2014 Please submit your applications to ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Tunis

Asmaa, a biological engineering student at a university in Tunis, chose to have her portrait taken in her bedroom. She sees her bedroom, which is covered with street-style graffiti, as the place that best reflects her personality. She comfortably sat on her bed with her legs folded and jokingly said, “I’ve always ...  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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