Monday, May 16, 2011

PFB #6: Photo Forum Beirut special Revolutions

The World Press Photo exhibition is travelling to Lebanon this month (Beirut Souks - May 12 to June 1, 2011, daily from 2pm to 9pm).
Photo Forum Beirut has been invited to run a session during the time of the exhibition on Saturday 21st May 2011.

Please join us for our first session of the year on Saturday 21st May at 7.30pm at Beirut Souks.
Admission is free and bar will open from 7pm.

A Libyan rebel holds the Kingdom of Libya flag as he walks past a burning wrecked tank at a site bombed by coalition air force in the town of Ajdabiya on March 26, 2011 as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi were retreating after rebels recaptured the key eastern town in their first significant victory since the launch of the Western-led air strikes a week ago. © courtesy AFP/PATRICK BAZ

On 14th January 2011 Tunisian people brought about the downfall of longtime president Ben Ali. Since then, civil protests of resistance have spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Oman and Syria.

Photo Forum Beirut wants to celebrate and support civil demonstrations in the MENA region through the lens of photographers who have witnessed and reported on these events.

We are very proud to dedicate this year's 1st session to the people's revolutions in the region.
We have invited photographers who have covered/ are covering the events to show their work and share their experience with the audience.
The projection will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by journalist Delphine Minoui.

Confirmed participants:
Please note that due to the ongoing events in the countries of the MENA region, some photographers still haven't been able to confirm their presence; we will update the information in the next couple of days.

** Delphine Minoui

Delphine Minoui writes about Iran and the region since 1997. She covered the aftermath of 9/11 from Afganistan for Le Figaro newspaper, the American invasion of Irak and the Iranian nuclear crisis. She received the prestigious Albert Londres Prize in 2006 for a series of stories in Iran and Irak. She wrote Pintades à Téhéran : chroniques de la vie des Iraniennes (Jacob-Duvernet Ed., 2007) and was the editor of the collectif book Jeunesse d'Iran : les voix du changement (Autrement Ed., 2001). After working as a journalist for 10 years in Tehran, she is now based in Beirut.

*** Patrick Baz
Patrick Baz was born in Beirut in 1963 and grew up in what will become in the mid 70’s the demarcation line separating the Christian and Muslim communities in Beirut. He started then taking pictures of Lebanon’s wars working for local media and then as a freelancer for Reuters, JB Pictures, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match and all major international publications before being hired by AFP in 1989. Beside all major Middle East conflicts and crisis He covered the war in Bosnia, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Patrick Baz is the Mideast Regional Photo Manager for Agence France Presse since 1996.

*** Hussein Malla
Hussein Malla was born in Beirut in 1972. He joined the Associated Press as a photo stringer in Lebanon in 1998 and became a full-time staff photographer in October 2003, when he took up base in Jordan.
He has covered many stor
ies for the AP in Pakistan, North Africa and the Middle East.
Since 2005, Hussein Malla is the Associated Press Beirut Chief Photographer.

*** Joseph Eid
Joseph Eid was born in Beirut in 1976. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Political Sciences, History and Photography in 2002, he worked as a writer and reporter at the Lebanese Broadcast Corporation International. In 2006 he joined the Agence France Press photo department where he was assigned in Baghdad as picture desk editor until 2008.
Since 2009 he has been working in Beirut as AFP's photo-coordinator and photographer for Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. He covered major events in the cited countries as well as the latest events in Bahrain and Libya.

Photo Forum Beirut is happening since January 2010 thanks to the commitment of photographer Dalia Khamissy

Thanks to The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Beirut, the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design at Notre Dame University in collaboration with Solidere.