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 (www.sowarmag.com) 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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