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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]


Bidoun, an Influential Magazine of the Middle East, Extends its Reach New York Times presents an article about the success of Bidoun and its online release of its entire archive, containing thousands of art pieces and stories spanning a decade.

Exhibition: Rula Halawani, For My Father. January 18- March 3 at the Ayyam Gallery.

Amnesty Photographer Leila Alaoui Killed in Burkina Faso al-Qaeda Attack British Journal of Photography writes about the tragic death of French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui and her accomplishments as a photographer.

History, Theory, Criticism

Camera Arabia: An Introduction to the History of Photography in the Arab Peninsula Jean-Gabriel Leturcq presents the history behind how photography and photo collections began in the Arabian Peninsula.

In and Out of Algeria Ibraaz discusses ‘the documentary of affect’ in Bruno Boudjelal’s series Jours Intranquillies (Disquiet Days) against the typical understanding of documentary photography as a genre.

Research for Photographic History in the Middle East Mrs. Deane via Stead Bureau presents a blog post about The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) including a link to access the directory of collections.

Open Source of 500,000 Takes You Back Through Middle Eastern History Your Middle East discusses the 10 year project to collect old images throughout the region as a free resource available to anyone.

The Face of African Slavery in Qajar Iran in Pictures The Guardian presents text and photographs of the research of anthropologist Pedram Khosronejad as he looks at African slavery in Iran.

Refugees and Migration

Young Syrians Dream of Hope The National View presents photos of Syrian refugee children and their drawings of their past homes and of the future.

Healing on the Syria-Turkey Border Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at Syrian fighters bedridden and needing long-term treatment.

See How Germany Welcomes Thousands of Refugees Time Lightbox takes a look at the Berlin Department of Health and Social Services as Germany welcomes Syrian refugees.

This Family Fled ISIS in Iraq. Here’s How They Made it to Germany Time Lightbox presents Muhammed Muheisen’s photographic journey as he tells the story of one family’s migrant journey from the start to the finish, in Germany.

On the Shores of Lesbos: Boats, Dinghies, and Life Vests Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a collection of photos about the abandoned life boats and rafts used by refugees.

Autistic and Refugees Social Documentary Network presents Christina Malkoun’s photo story about a family raising three autistic children as Palestinians refugees in Lebanon.


These are the Faces of Egypt’s Revolutionaries Time Lightbox presents the portraits of Egyptians and stories of their lives changing during the revolution in 2011. Five years later they returned to the same people to hear how their situations had changed.

Inside Egypt’s Continuing Protests Mada Masr Panorama takes a look at the current anti-government protests in Cairo five years after the revolution began.

The Internet as a Place Mada Masr Panorama presents a series of photos depicting how the internet is used and controlled by the state in Egypt.

In Cairo’s City of the Dead, Life Goes On Washington Post takes a look at the generations of families working in and living in Cairo Necropolis, the city’s oldest burial site.


Confronting the Struggle of Afghanistan’s War Widows National Geographic presents photos by Paula Bronstein about the legacy of war in Afghanistan and how it affects women.

The Undaunted Women of Kabul Qantara hosts an interview with photographer and multimedia journalist Lela Ahmadzai about her work documenting women.


Looking for Ramallah Photographer Raed Abghazaleh presents his collection of photographs of Ramallah after returning to his hometown after 17 years.

A Crushed Generation: Photography Under Siege in Gaza International Middle East Media Center presents a written story about the affects of photography and war on a young Palestinian.


The Cultural Cradle for Lebanon’s Armenians Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at the diversity of Bourj Hammoud, a neighborhood in Beirut that was once a refuge for Armenians during WWI.

The Writing on the Wall in Beirut Fair Observer presents text and photographs of anti-government graffiti throughout Beirut that arose since the summer 2015 protests. 

This Photographer’s Images of Beirut Will Blow Your Mind Step Feed features finance lawyer and photographer Serge Najjar’s Instagram profile of colorful, architectural photographs taken throughout Beirut.

The Region

Meet the Christian Minorities of the Middle East Time Lightbox presents a project by photographer Linda Dorigo and journalist Andrea Milluzzi about Christian minorities in countries where the religion originated across the Middle East.

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