Category Archives: Photography

Fake AP pictures from Tripoli


Photo edited by myself in a previous post

I remember arguing with someone over that picture asking him how did he identify the gunmen as being Sunnite? The answer was the photo is from Associated Press and it says so.


AP Photo by Hussein Malla

That ought to be a valid reason but it turns out the pictures are taken by a Lebanese called Hussein Malla and are fake. In fact, “The gunmen are purportedly taking cover (behind a useless pile of tires) and firing at an unseen enemy, but right next to them are several unconcerned bystanders who are themselves completely exposed to any return fire, and yet making no effort to hide or seek protection. Instead, many of them are standing around calmly and even laughing and smiling (as are the gunmen in some of the pictures), probably at the ridiculousness of the obviously staged battle.” [Link]

You can check out more of Hussein Malla’s fake pictures [Here].

Via BeirutSpring

Photography workshop for the visually impaired at AUB


Eyes that feel: Picture from NewsObserver

Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, in partnership with Ojos que Sienten A.C and Image Festival Association “Zakira,” are organizing a workshop “Seeing beyond Sight,” sensory photography for the visually impaired, May 21-27, from 10am to 2pm at West Hall, Auditorium A. [AUB]

The workshop will be given by by Gina Badenoch, Founder of Ojos que Sienten A.C.

I was discussing this workshop with few tweeps yesterday night and I thought it was a bad joke at first. I had no idea such workshops existed but they do and I think it’s a great opportunity that visually impaired individuals should not miss.

For those of you who know people that are visually impaired or are interested in this workshop, I strongly recommend that you register (it’s for free) by sending the below information to ccecs@aub.edu.lb.

Name:
Major / position:
Email:
Contact number:

You can check out more information on the AUB website [Here].

Night Collective Photography Exhibition


Jounieh Bay

“Night Collective” is a photography group founded by Fernando Borges in 2009. Lebanese & foreign members range from amateurs to professional photographers. They meet every Tuesday night & walk around a pre-selected area, capturing photographs. [Facebook Group]

Lebanese Gaby Nehme, Karim Boukarim and Tarek el Wazzi are members of the Night Collective group and are organizing their second exhibition “Night, Lights & Shadows” between May3 and May19 at the Art Lounge, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm.

I checked out some of their pictures and they are beautiful. You can check out all of them [Here] and read more about the exhibition [Here].


Chekka

Sidon (Saida) synagogue opens for prayers


[Source]

Prayers were said for the first time in decades in Sidon’s main synagogue Monday, as two rabbis visited what is now the house of Palestinian refugees and other Jewish sites in the city, drawing the surprise of locals. Rabbis Yisroel Dovid Weiss and Alter Vaskhkal from the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta International movement toured the city years after the last of Sidon’s known Lebanese Jews left, entering what was once a synagogue in the former Jewish neighborhood of the old city. [DailyStar]

Even though I am from a village close to Saida and I know the city pretty well, I didn’t know there was a synagogue there. I did some research and there’s apparently four synagogues in Lebanon, one in Beirut being renovated, one in Sidon and one in Aley. I couldn’t find any reference to the fourth one.

Beirut’s synagogue is located in Wadi abou Jamil quarter and its renovation, funded majorly by the tiny Jewish community of Lebanon and also by Solidere has begun in 2010. [Link]

For those interested, I found some really old pictures of Synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods that you can check [Here]. There’s also a YouTube video on the jews of Lebanon that you can watch [Here].

I think it’s really important that we preserve such monuments despite our ever-lasting conflict with the so-called Jewish state.