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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]


Fez International Photography Festival Takes place from 14 November - 15 December.  Hosted by the French Institute in Fez, curator Jeanne Mercier says “I wanted the festival to focus on changes in photography as it is practised on the African continent.”

Middle Eastern Photography Gets a Biennale One hundred and sixty works by forty four artists currently running until 17 January across eight venues in Paris. “My ambition is for the Biennale to show another version of the Arab world” (from the one represented by the Islamic State) said former French Culture Minister Jack Lang.

I Know Why the Rebel Sings at the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam. Newsha Tavakolian will receive the principal Prince Claus Award on 2 December. Her exhibition I know why the rebel sings is on view 27 November - 14 March 2016.

Egypt | A Spirit Within French photographer Denis Dailleux’s portraits of Egyptians on exhibit from 16 November - 31 December at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.


See How Tourists Have Deserted Egypt’s Sinai Region At Time Lightbox photographer duo Andrea and Magda take a look at how Sinai’s tourism-based economy has struggled since the Arab uprisings in 2011 along with increased violence and militarization in the area.


The Resurgence of the Persian Carpet Trade Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at the Persian carpet industry as preparations are underway to lift trade sanctions that could boost the industry’s trade to Western countries.

A Journey Inside Photo agency Panos Pictures oversees this fourteen-month long social documentation project on Iran with film and photos by local photographers.


Portraits of Four Young Palestinians Killed by Israel 7iber presents a photo essay and in-depth stories of the young people and their families left behind, by Anne Paq.


Photo Essay: Amman's Forgotten Cinemas The research platform Failed Architecture presents evocative photos of Amman's cinemas by Hussam Da'na.


The Recapture of Sinjar The National showcases photos by John Moore documenting the town of Sinjar, Iraq after it was liberated by Kurdish forces.

Refugees and Migration

Syrian Refugees Biking To Safety NYT Lens Blog presents Alessandro Iovino’s project about Syrians resorting to bicycles to migrate through Russia to Norway.

Yemeni Refugees Seek Shelter in Djibouti Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at the Markazi refugee camp in Djibouti and their need for humanitarian aid as the camp size has quadrupled since September.

Saving Lives in the Aegean Sea Al Jazeera In Pictures shares the story of a Greek coastguard patrol boat off Lesbos that sets out to rescue failing refugee boats trying to cross the area known as the “death route.”

The Women Who Escaped Slavery at the Hands of ISIS National Geographic presents Seivan Salim’s portraits of women who escaped slavery by ISIS and her process for telling their stories with dignity and respect.



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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.