Category Archives: Photography

Violence, Camouflaged: Powerful Portraits Of Lebanese Women

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This is not a campaign to support the Lebanese Army, but a powerful series of portraits by Lebanese Photographer Lamia Maria Abillama entitled “Clashing Realities”. Several Lebanese civilian women, like May Chidiac, are shown in their homes wearing military uniforms “a symbolic representation of the encroachment of political violence into personal space”, or in other words to symbolize the violence that these women experienced at some point in their lives, whether it was the Lebanese civil war, an explosion or others …

Abillama’s work will be published later this month as part of a book series devoted to the work of Beirut-based female photographers. You can check out all the portraits in the [NewYorker] article.

Each of her subjects’ lives has been touched by violence, Abillama told me, although she has chosen not to include captions identifying their names or describing their traumas. Instead, it is their common identity, the burden they wear like a “second skin,” that she wants to call attention to. As the daughter of a storied political family whose life was shaped by Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war, Abillama grew to despise her country’s system of governance. And she knows that the second skin is not easily shed. “Even if you go to Paris or Milan or wherever, ultimately you carry within yourself always the spectre of war,” she told me.

Speaking of women and violence, Lebanese singer Elissa apparently released a new song called “Ya Merayti” to highlight violence against women and in support of the Lebanese NGO Kafa (While Haifa is still breathing you in). I won’t criticize Elissa’s clip as it has a powerful message but I am curious to know why she’s talking in English at the start.

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Echoes Photo Exhibition: 40 Pictures From The Red Cross Archives & 6 Lebanese War Photographers.

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Echoes: The voices behind the pictures is a photo exhibition organized by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) on the occasion of the 40th commemoration of the start of the Lebanese civil. There are 40 pictures being displayed for the first time and taken from the Red Cross archives and 6 Lebanese war photographers: Abbas Selman, Jamil Saiidi, Patrick Baz, Aline Manoukian, Marwan Tahtah and Hussein Baydoun.

The exhibition is taking place at Villa Paradiso in Achrafieh until April 26th from 10 till 10. I highly recommend that you pass by and see what the Lebanese went through during the war and the tough circumstances that these brave humanitarian workers had to endure.

40 years have passed since the Lebanese war erupted on April 13th. Its “Echoes” are still resonating today. They are the voices of families of missing persons, the disabled and weapon wounded persons and dispersed families. Forty stories will be told in an audiovisual exhibition organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Lebanese Red Cross. The exhibition will be displaying 40 photos from the Red Cross archives and 6 Lebanese war photographers.

map Here’s a map showing where the exhibition is taking place. You can spot Urbanista on the main Gemmayze street and there’s La Tabkha on the way up to Villa Paradiso.

Here’s a small video showing the exhibition:

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Here are some of the pictures I took:

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Week24: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Nahr Ibrahim Nahr Ibrahim by NajibHajjar

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Nino Colors of sunset – by Ninofenianos

Rio Jesus Keserwan not Rio – by MichoKhoury

Souks elephant Warming up for AUB Outdoors – by PolSamuel at The Beirut Souks

Thirsty Thirsty? By Shoufreserve

Tyr Hidden gem in the South – by Mounir

Week23: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Maison Rose Maison Rose – By Georgeper

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sunset222 Putting the sun to sleep – by Hassanhakkani

mreisseain Ain el Mreisse by night – by Sacha el Aref

Foul Foul Option Van

dog Youki and his red car – By Joe_e

Coffee Coffee anyone? By KarlSader

Week22: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Zahle Stunning Zahle by charbolography

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chezmaguz Chez Maguy in Amchit by insta_jenn

yasou3 Gorgeous sunset by Plus961

qadisha Valley of the Saints or Qadisha – by Charbel Bouez

maamoul Lots and lots of Maamoul – by KarenOgeil

harissa Our Lady of Harissa

from the sky From the sky – by charbolography

easter Happy Easter – by restaurantamar

In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

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Under construction 1961 phoenicia The oldest picture of Phoenicia I was able to find. It was taken before the grand opening in 1961

Phoenicia Beirut was celebrating its 50th anniversary around the same time four years ago. This majestic landmark at the heart of Beirut was inaugurated back in 1961 by the Lebanese businessman Najib Salha and was one of the best (if not the best) hotels in the whole area. The hotel was a victim of the Lebanese civil war and had to close down for almost 25 years before it reopened back in 2000. Throughout this post, I traced back Phoenicia’s history in pictures from the glorious 1960s, the dark era between 1975 and 1990 followed by the reopening in 2000, Hariri’s bombing in 2005 and the revamp completed in 2011. I finally added a picture from 2013 and a recent photo I took 2 weeks ago.

Throughout the years, Phoenicia has appeared in numerous movies including the 1965 Mickey Rooney film Twenty-Four Hours to Kill in 1965, Agent 505- Todesfalle Beirut in 1966, Circle of Deveit in 1981, Je Veux Voir / Badeh Shouf with Catherine Deneuve in 2008. The famous Rock band Scorpions shot their song “When you came into my life” in Phoenicia as well.

opening 1961s Picture taken at the grand opening – via Phoenicia website

inaugurated 1964 Another picture from 1964 – via Levantium

1950s Addition of the Roman Tower in 1967

1960s Aerial view of Beirut showing Phoenicia Hotel and the Roman Tower- Taken in the 1960s

1960sview Pictures from the 1960s showing the pool, Mosaic restaurant and a rendering of the hotel – Source

1974 Aerial view of Phoenicia in 1974 – via OldBeirut

aerial22 Another aerial view taken in the 1970s

Mosaic insidie 1970s Mosaic in the 1970s – Quite amazing how it still looks the same

The hotel unfortunately turned into a battlefield during the civil war and had to close down for almost 25 years. The below 3 pictures are the only ones I was able to find that show the damages inside the iconic Phoenicia hotel. Via hoteliermiddleeast

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Hotel in 1975 1976

Phoenicia Hotel finally reopened in March 2000 with the addition of a third tower. 2000 was also the year I graduated from school and we were the first school to hold a prom night at Phoenicia, a night I’ll never forget!

2004

In 2005, Phoenicia was damaged in the 2005 bombing assassination of Rafik Hariri and had to close down for 3 months. One of my friends who happened to be there that the bombing shattered all the hotel’s windows.

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Phoenicia celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 after a $50 million revamp was completed.

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Here are the most recent pictures of Phoenicia taken in 2013 and 2015.

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Week21: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Marj Tarchich by Sacha el Aref

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lol Chou ya Ashta? By ItsGeorge

Surfing Surfing in Lebanon – by Elio

Jezzine Beautiful Jezzine Waterfalls – by Ayamhanna

Hammana Spring time in Hammana – by Sacha Al Aref

Chabrou7 Chabrouh dam – by m_kay

Cha3nine Happy Palm Sunday (Cha3neene) – By Antoniohab

Week20: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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AUB LiveLoveAUB By Ragheb

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Sioufi Green Beiruti house by Inesbey

Eclipse A cool shot of the partial solar eclipse – by Samarhitti

Baskinta Baskinta by elias

Anfeh Angry waves at Enfeh – by JubranElias

Amchit2 Amchit sunset by Nareg

Amchit Jbeil – Amchit from the sky by SleimanCharbel