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Linda Dorigo


Fatherland. The Mountains of Iranian Kurdistan

[Ali is a businessman from Sanandaj, Iran. As of September 2015 the University of Sanandaj is now allowed to include Kurdish language and literature in the college curriculum. Photo by Linda Dorigo.]

When I was a child my father taught me to respect the mountains. Waking up in the middle of the night to see the sunrise from the mountaintop seemed, at the time, like pointless suffering. We did not lose time having breakfast because “you don’t eat before exerting yourself,” my father explained. He would put a few pieces of chocolate in my pocket for when I got hungry. Even in summer it was still dark and cold. Along the first part of the path I slept on his shoulders. ...

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Life in the Qandil Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan

[A view into the Qandil mountains, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo by Linda Dorigo.]

Photos and text by Linda Dorigo. The window is open and only the mice racing on the first floor interrupt the whistling of the cicadas. It's hot. Wiria and his daughter Par-Wa nap in the living room, under the air conditioning stream. The family lives in Wasan, a village in the mountains of Qandil, in Iraqi Kurdistan on the border with Iran. It's hard for visitors to get here because Wasan, like other villages in the area, is in a valley surrounded by high mountains. The ...

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Women Under Seige: Stateless in Lebanon

[Yousra with her sons, Ali and Hani. Hani’s father is Jordanian, while Ali’s father is Lebanese. Yoursa has been divorced twice. Hani has no nationality and cannot go to public school. Photo by Linda Dorigo.]

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while nightlife in Gemmayze and Hamra could compete with the scene in Berlin. But, behind the glossy images of ultra-futuristic skyscrapers and flawless female bodies, Lebanon is a country where women are not allowed to pass citizenship on to their children, or to their ...

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Linda Dorigo


Linda Dorigo is an Italian photographer and journalist. She studied journalism in Trieste, Italy and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2008. As a photojournalist she has contributed to international publications such as Le Monde, L’Espresso, Der Spiegel, Marie Claire and a number of other European and Middle Eastern newspapers and magazines. She is a member of Kineo Film, an independent collective for the study and research of audiovisual communication, and of ODG Italian journalist association. Linda is currently working on a long term project about Kurdistan. Her book on Christian communities in the Middle East, Refugio, with Andrea Milluzzi, was published in 2015.

See more of her work on her website.