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Photography Media Roundup (1 Sept)

[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]


Beirut Art Fair returns with focus on MENA
Gulf News discusses the new sections of the seventh edition of BAF. Held Sept 15- 18 at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center.


Inside ISIS’ Last Bastion in Libya
Time Lightbox presents work by Magnum photographer Lorenzo Meloni as he describes his time with militants working during the fighting in Libya.


Lebanese artisan revives mosaic tile tradition Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay by Adrian Hartrick a Lebanese artisan keeping a handmade mosaic tile tradition alive.

Artist Spotlight: Rhea Karam
Arte East presents a statement by artist Lebanese Rhea Karam and excerpts from her project “Breathing Walls,” which began in her home country and expanded to photographing in others.


Yemenis flock to coast for brief respite from war
Al Jazeera In Pictures presents photos by Rashed Bin Shoubrag of Yemenis enjoying the upwelling, a natural phenomenon in which the water of the coasts of Mukalla experience a drop in temperature during the sweltering summer.


Gaza in the dark
Al Jazeera In Pictures presents photos by Sebastien Leban of scenes from around Gaza when the power is out, a common occurrence due to a strict Israeli- Egyptian blockade and damage to Gaza’s power plant.


The masked women of southern Iran
Qantara presents photos of women living on the coastline and the island of Qeshm who wear different colored and shaped masks according to religious affiliation.

Inside ‘the citadel,’ Iran’s Forgotten Red-Light District
Time Lightbox takes a look at images by Kaveh Golestan taken from 1975 and 1977 of women sex workers in the Citadel, the red-light district at the time that burned down two years later killing many of the women.


Between two seas Mashallah News interviews artist Serkan Taycan about his map and photo project Iki Deniz Arasi, about rapid urban development in Istanbul.

Istanbul: A face in the crowd Your Middle East presents photos by John Wreford of the people in the streets of Istanbul during the failed coup attempt.




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