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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 to] 


Annual Portfolio Review and Table ExhibitionContemporary Image Collective will hold their annual portfolio review 12 March. Must email a minimum of three samples and a complete application form to More information and the application are available on the CIC website.

Exhibition Hosted by the Silk Road Gallery the exhibition begins with the Dastdovvom photography competition 26 February. Open until 7 March 2016.

If I Leave, Where Will I Go East Wing Gallery in Dubai presents a group exhibition of photography and video installments by Leila Alaoui, Tanya Habjouqa, and Omar Imam. Runs 10 March throgh 7 April. Dedicated in memory of Leila Alaoui who was tragically killed on assignment in Burkina Faso January 2016.

Launch of the Third Cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture via Stead Bureau announce the ADPP for creative documentary photographers in the MENA region. Deadline for proposals is 1 April.

History, Theory, Criticism

Photographs of Qajar Women The Museum of Islamic Art presents a brief summary of and free access to their collection of portraits of Qajar women under the rule of Nasir al-Din Shah in nineteenth century Iran. 

A Missed Opportunity Qantara presents a critique of the photo project “This Place” which sought to go beyond stereotypes of the West Bank and Israel.

World Press Photo Finds Fewer Manipulated Entries in this Year's Photojournalism Contest Time discusses the decrease of manipulated photo entires from last year's 20% to this year's 16% that were disqualified for manipulation.

Mish Mabsoota: On Teaching with a Camera in Revolutionary Cairo Journal of Aesthetics and Culture presents the process and thought behind an experimental video project in Cairo.

A Critical Look at Fire in Cairo Mada Masr Panorama offers a critique of New York artist Matthew Connors’ photography book Fire in Cairo.

Syrian Refugees and Migration

Syrian Refugees in the US Magnum Photo Blog presents a photo essay by Peter van Agtmael about a Syrian family starting fresh in Aurora, Illinois.

Rubble and Sad Remembrance Greet Syrians Returning to Homs The Guardian presents photographs by Andrew McConnell about Syrians slowly returning to their devastated home of Homs.

The Many Lives of the Calais “Jungle” Refugee Camp Time Lightbox presents a photo story by Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini about the closing of the refugee center near Calais as hundreds of thousands refugees from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan still continue to arrive.


On the Campaign Trail from Upper Egypt The New Yorker Photo Booth takes a look at the candidates and local campaigns for the parliamentary elections in El-Balyana.


Testament of Youth: The Scars of War in Lebanon The Guardian presents “The War As I See It,” a collection of photographs by young Lebanese photographers about what the past war means to them and how it has affected them.


Iran’s Election Campaigns Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at elections in Iran for the Parliament and Assembly of Experts.

Skiing at Iran’s “Gateway of the Mountain” Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay about the Darbandsar Ski resort high in the Alborz Mountains that could become a destination for skiers and snowboarders from around the world. 

The Persian Factory Your Middle East presents a photo essay by Jeremy Suyker about the art scene in Tehran that functions both inside and outside the state’s censorship.


Shooting Casa Mashallah News presents the work by and interview with street photographer Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili about photographing his hometown of Casablanca.

Earning a Living on the Boarder of Morocco’s Spanish Enclave Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay about Moroccan smugglers who make very little income on the boarder of Melilla.

Saudi Arabia

Shiny Happy People Reorient presents an interview with Reem Al Faisal, the granddaughter of of the late King Faisal, about her street photography in Saudi Arabia and her gallery, The Empty Quarter, in Dubai.


Women in Jordan Fight for their Rights Al Jazeera In Pictures takes a look at SheFighter, the gym that combines martial arts with self-empowerment and self-defense tactics for women in Amman. 


Surreal Hills of Intense Color Amid the Israeli Desert Washington Post In Sight takes a look at AP photographer Oded Balilty’s photographs about the unusual manmade landscape in Yeruham.


The Enduring Art of Palestinian Tiles Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay by Mary Pelletier about the last remaining maker of traditional Palestinian tiles in the West Bank, run by the Aslan family for four generations.

Palestinian Teachers March Demanding Salary Increases Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay by Rich Wiles about demonstrations in Ramallah as teachers call on the Palestinian Authority to honor salary agreements.


Despite Injuries, Photographer Documented War in Libya - With an iPhone Washington Post In Sight presents photographs from Michael Christopher Brown’s book “Libyan Sugar” about the Libyan revolution and his own experience in a conflict zone for the first time.

MENA Region

Moises Saman’s Diary from the Middle East The New Yorker Photo Booth presents photographs from Magnum conflict photographer Moises Saman’s new book “Discordia” that shows a more poetic and personal side to the revolutions and conflicts that he has covered throughout the Middle East.  

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