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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]



Exhibition: If I Leave Where Will I Go? East Wing presents Leila Alaoui, Tanya Habjouqa and Omar Imam. Runs 10 March- 7 April in Dubai.

Photographic Courses and Workshops Enrollment for CIC classes is now open. Classes range from basic photography to dark room work to online portfolio building. More information on the CIC Facebook page.

History, Theory, Criticism

Israel and the West Bank, Through the Eyes of a Dozen Visitors The New Yorker Photo Booth presents work from and a summary about “The Place" at Brooklyn Museum an exhibit containing the work of twelve international photographers made in Israel and the West Bank.

The Palestinian Who Captured the Vanished World of Old Bethlehem Middle East Eye presents collector George al-Ama who pieced together the work of Zakariah Abu Fheleh.

Iran, 1970 Reorient presents historic photographs and an account of Gabriele Basilico’s journey through Iran

Sands of Time: A Century of Egyptian Photography In Pictures The Guardian presents a collection of photographs of a wide range of Egyptian subjects spanning a century.

What to Expect at the Dubai Photo Exhibit The National presents an article that describes the exhibit’s set up, top draws, and photography throughout the United Arab Emirates.


Iran, Up Close, Though Far Away New York Times Lens blog presents photos by and an article about Iranian photojournalist Hossein Fatemi’s work documenting Iranian culture going beyond Western clichés and stereotypes.

Kashan and Isfahan: The Best of Islamic Architecture in Iran Your Middle East presents photographs by Hanieh Khosroshahi of ancient Persian architecture.

Mohammad Domiri Documents Iran’s Natural and Architectural Treasures Design Boom presents a selection of photographs from Persian photographer Mohammad Domiri collection of Iran’s urban and natural landscape from an architectural point of view.

Wings of Legends The Hindu presents an excerpt from an interview with Iranian artist Hojat Amani and how his work combines photography, calligraphy, and traditional curtain painting.


Iraqi Children Scavenge For a Living Al Jazeera In Pictures’ Sebastian Castelier documents the dozens of children who fled ISIL and now work scavenging in a landfill outside Erbil to survive.


The “Blacks” of El Gosbah: Exile in Tunisia Your Middle East takes a look at the isolation and lack of infrastructure in the village of El Gosbah.


An Oasis of Peace for Palestinian Children in Hebron Al Jazeera In Pictures’ Claire Thomas takes a look at a kindergarten in the heart of Hebron in the West Bank for “them to just be kids” despite heavy military presence by Palestinian Authority and the Israeli military in sector H2.


Palmyra: Inside the Ancient City Recaptured by IS BBC News takes a look at Wissam Abdo’s photographs of the ancient city after being recaptured by government forces from the Islamic State.


Region in Focus: Longing for the Elegant Past of Alexandria’s Fouad Street The National View presents a collection of photographs about the balance of history and modernisation on one of Alexandria’s oldest streets.

Bassam Allam Spreads Surreal Photography Between Cairo and Munich Daily News Egypt presents an article about conceptual Egyptian photographer Bassam Allam’s work in Vouge and his career overall.

On the Campaign Trail in Upper Egypt The New Yorker Photo Booth presents a selection of images by photographer David Monteleone of the campaign trails of parliamentary election candidates.

Syrian Refugees and Migration

James Nachtwey: A New Purgatory for Thousands of Refugees Time Lightbox presents photographs by James Nachtwey of the conditions of a refugee camp on the boarder of Greece and Macedonia as they wait.

Syrian Children Dream of a Brighter Future Al Jazeera In Pictures presents portraits of Syrian children living as refugees and discussing their hopes and dreams.

The Message That Holds Refugee Families Together Time Lightbox presents Tanya Habjouqa’s multimedia piece that seeks to go beyond the ubiquitous imagery of Syrian refugees and instead combines photos and audio of family’s messages to loved ones. 

Refugees Celebrate Persian New Year in Berlin Church Al Jazeera In Pictures presents photographs of a church in Berlin celebrating Norwuz with the German and refugee community together.

Syrian Refugee Women Take on Life in a Man’s World Al Jazeera In Pictures looks at the lives of five Syrian women living as refugees in Lebanon and having to support their families.

MENA Region

Norwuz Celebrations Mark the Beginning of Spring Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a collection of photographs from Kurdish communities across Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Azerbaijan celebrating Norwuz, an ancient festival that marks the spring equinox.

Portraits of Mental Illness in Times of War Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay by Manu Brabo documenting the mentally ill in conflict zones in Palestine, Syria, Libya and other regions.


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