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Photography Media Roundup (7 October)

[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]


Alfonso Moral, Shadow of Tripoli: Laureate Pierre and Alexandra Boulat prize at Cosmos Galerie L’Oeil de la Photographie describes Alfonso Moral’s project about the divided Lebanese city, “Shadows of Tripoli.” At Cosmos Gallery in Paris, 22 September - 21 October.

History, Theory, Criticism

Omar Imam: Humanitarian Surrealism Trans Asia Photography Review presents an essay by Eric Gottesman about the work of Syrian photographer Omar Imam. 

Only Dust Remains at Rayak: Lebanon’s railway heritage Qantara presents photographs of what remains of one of the world’s first train factories.

Review: Discordia by Moises Saman Mada Masr Panorama reviews Magnum photographer Moises Saman’s book, which provides a more personal view of  daily life in the Middle East than his photojournalistic work.

How We See Syria Time Lightbox discusses how photo agencies have changed their coverage of the war in Syria.


Q&A: On how Randa Shaath’s photography moved in from the streets Mada Masr presents an interview with Shaath about her photo exhibition Indelible.

Cinemagraphs of Ard al-Lewa Panorama showcases the work of Magdalena Kallenberger who photographs Cairo street scenes and then alters them to include one small area of movement. 

Syria, Migration, and Displacement

How a French Photographer Made Intimate Photos of Female Refugees Lens Blog examines a body of work shot for the European Parliament by Marie Dorigny and discusses the ethical issues of creating journalsm for non-traditional sources.

In your face… and rightly so Qantara writes about Kai Wiedenhofer’s images of Syria exhibited on the remnants of the Berlin Wall.

Covering Syria through Hunger and Fear AFP Correspondent presents photos and story by, and about, photojournalist Karam al-Masri who has been living and working in Aleppo for the past five years.

Syrian Refugees: Displaced by war Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a collection of Associated Press photographs of Syrian refugees around the world.


Meet the Debutante Girls of Lebanon’s High Society Time Lightbox presents work by Natalie Naccache about high society in Lebanon.

Jordan Valley

Life in a Jordan Valley firing zone Al Jazeera In Pictures presents a photo essay by Kobi Wolf about the impact on Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley when the Israeli army uses the area for military exercises.

The Makeshift Houses of Egyptian Workers in Jordan 7iber presents a photo and text essay on workers and their self-made housing in Balqa Governorate, by Ezzedine Al-Natour, photography by Hussam Da’na.


Haunting traces left behind by ISIS in Libya Washington Post In Sight presents photographs by Lorenzo Tugnoli of the aftermath of fighting in Libya. 

Saudi Arabia

Personal Tales of Love, Divorce and Guardianship in Saudi Arabia Time Lightbox presents photos and text about photographer Tasneem Alsultan’s work on women and marriage in Saudi Arabia.

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