Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sowar Magazine: Picturing Lebanon

Above images copyright of Abed Kobeissy (Faces of poverty), Waleed Saab (Arguile culture) and Cassandra Mathie (Memento)

Anyone who is still not familiar with Sowar Magazine ( should rush immediately either to a newstand or to their website. Their current issue, Number 3, is about the Lebanese civil war. The selction of images is impeccable - revealing the depth, complexity and dichotomy of the Lebanese society. The image, taken by Joseph Chami, of the hooded militiaman playing the piano during a ceasefire in the hotel war is a classic. Finally, someone can see beauty through all the rage and escape the tired cliches everyone expects of the war in Lebanon.
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