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Pratiques photographiques au Liban (1900-1960)
Curated by Akram Zaatari
Produced by the AIF, 20 Photographs by Selim Abu Izzeddin, Antranik Anouchian, Yertchan Dankikian, Najib el Ghsayni, Camille el Kareh, Marie el Khazen, Hashem El Madani, Chafic el Soussi

This exhibition brings to life the work of eight photographers who carried out distinct photographic practices in Lebanon. Whether amateurs, studio portraitists or itinerary photographers, they were dedicated to their profession and contributed greatly to the creation of a diverse visual culture in Lebanon.

The composed and almost perfect portraits by Antranik Anouchian are an example of the Armenian contribution to mastering iconographic portraiture, while Najib el Ghsayni's studio portraits provide a rare representation of the Druze community in Mount Lebanon. The images captured by Hashem El Madani of merchants in Saida, behind their counters or resting in front of their stores, are exceptional examples of a systematic, yet unconscious, depiction of small commerce in the city.

The impressive funerary portraits by Camille el Kareh are unique documents on the theme of photography and death. Selim Abu Izzeddin and Marie el Khazen's family photographs emphasize the abundance of amateur photographers amongst the Lebanese bourgeoisie during the first half of the century. Finally, the 'reportages' of Chafic el Soussi and Yertchan Dankikian on political demonstrations, wedding ceremonies, parties, as well as religious events during the 1950s in the cities of Saida (in the case of Soussi) and Zghorta (in the case of Dankikian) illustrate the utilization of photography as a celebration of sociopolitical life.

63 modern silver prints


Sommet de la Francophonie
Sehnaoui building, Beirut, Lebanon, September-October, 2001