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Celebrate International Archives Day in Lebanon, 7 - 9 June, 2014
“Archives open their doors to the public. Visit archival institutions and learn how they help us understand our past and present. All over the world, and for the second time in Lebanon, archivists join together on 7, 8, 9 of June to allow the general public, the chance to discover the unique heritage of these institutions. It will be celebrated by all partnering institutions opening their doors to the public, offering guided tours and displaying examples from their collections.”
Roundtable. "Archives and Memory in Lebanon: Prospects and Challenges," 6 June, 2014, American University of Beirut
West Hall - Bathish Auditorium
10am - 12pm
Panelists: Mr. Talal Makdessi (Tele Liban); Ms. Hala Bizri (National Library of Lebanon); Mr. Lokman Slim (UMAM); Ms. Mona El-Hallak (Beit Beirut); Mr. Kamal Kassar (AMAR- Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research); Moderated by Rima Mokaiesh (Arab Image Foundation).
On the Road: Images of Turkey from the Nar Photos Archive, Istanbul Modern museum, Turkey, 28 May - 9 November 2014
“An independent photography collective, Nar Photos brings together the diverse viewpoints in Turkey through their egalitarian, democratic approach and their stance for freedom since 2003 until the present. Using photography as a visual tool to understand and express the world, the agency chooses to question rather than accept facts as they are presented.”
Arab Image Foundation Seeks Archivist, Beirut, Lebanon
The position is available from June 15, 2014 and is offered on a full-time basis. For more information, visit their website.
The Faces of Afghan Refugee Mothers, Time Lightbox
Photos and interview with Muhammed Muheisen about his work documenting Afghan refugees in Islamabad.
Syrian Refugees Return to Devastation in Homs, Time Lightbox
Photographer Yuri Kozyrev documents Syrians returning to a devastated Homs.
Powerful Photos Dig Into Turkey’s Taboo History of the Armenian Genocide, Wired
Images from Kathryn Cook’s book Memory of Trees tell the story of the Armenian genocide through a broad range of people and places affected.
Maha Maamoun: The Night of Counting the Years, Nafas Art Magazine
A review of Maamoun’s first institutional solo exhibition.
Stephen Shore’s book, From Galilee to the Negev, captures life in the West Bank, British Journal of Photography
Stephen Shore presents an intimate portrait of daily life in the region.
Mouna Karray: Noir, L’Oeil de la Photographie
Tunisian photographer Karray’s series Noir.
Dispelling the myths of war and war photography, Qantara
An interview with American photojournalist Michael Kamber about his experiences and about his book Photojournalists on War- The Untold Stories from Iraq.
Ghosts of Gezi, The New Yorker Photo Booth
A series of portraits with audio voice-overs a year after the Gezi protests in Istanbul.
FotoWitness: Robert Nickelsberg, FotoEvidence
An interview with the photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg, who has covered Afghanistan since 1988, about his new book Afghanistan - A Distant War.
Amazing Aerial Photos Showcase Dubai from Deira to the Desert, The National
Photographer Wouter Kingma’s images show the diversity of the Dubai landscape from an aerial perspective.
Giant Puppets Enter Egyptian Politics, Panorama
How a 16th century form of street performance used to mock and criticize government was brought back during the Egyptian protests, in photos.
In Pictures: Palestinian ‘March of Return’, Al Jazeera In Pictures
Photos of Palestinians inside Israel marching to mark their forced displacement in 1948.
Iran- The Waiting Game, Panos Pictures
Samuel Aranda photographs the current situation in Iran while crowds take to the streets to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
Iran Offers a Window to the West, NYT Lens Blog
Getty photographer John Moore takes a road trip in Iran.
Rust & Gold LTD, Mashallah
Photos of doorways in the UAE hint at the unique stories and identities of the people that reside behind them.