Thursday, May 13, 2010

Selected Photographers #3

Photo Forum Beirut is thrilled to announce names of selected photographers for the second session, which theme is: RELATIONSHIP

Second session's selectors Yumi Goto is pleased she had the opportunity to see the submitted works and discover new photographers. The selection for this session was limited to three. We wish the others every success with future submissions to the Photo Forum Beirut and invite them to join us on Tuesday.

We are pleased to introduce the three selected photographers who will present their work on Tuesday 18th May at 7pm at Zico House.

** Roubaye Korab

© Roubaye Korab

Roubaye will show a series of portraits she did on Old Maids in Lebanon

My mum's aunt was an old maid. She died 2 years ago. After her death, I was wondering why she never got married. Will I be like her one day? Many questions came to my mind about the way an old maid lives, her psychological state, her position in the society, and what does marriage mean to her. Society looks at these old maids with pity as if they spoiled their lives. I decided to enter their world; I photographed these old ladies who crossed the 60 years of age wearing like a Bride: A moment they've never lived.

Roubaye Korab is an independent photographer born in 1987. In 2009, she receives her BA in Photography from the Universite Saint Esprit Kaslik. She has participated in the IHPE07 (International Heritage Photographic Experience 07.) She is currently based in Beirut, working on different commissions as well as her personal projects.

** Bryan Denton

© Bryan Denton

Bryan will show a series of Black and White Photographs about Hezbollah's Mahdi Scouts

This work is part of an ongoing project about Hezbollah's Mahdi Scouts. For me, as a Beirut-based photographer working primarily for The New York Times, and other international media, this project has been a window for me into Hezbollah's relationship with many of the youth in the Lebanese Shia community in the South—many of whom represent the organizations next generation.

Bryan Denton is a freelance photojournalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. He began his career covering news, conflict and social issues after graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on photography and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Bryan has been a contributing photographer with the New York Times since 2005, and his work has also been featured on the pages of TIME, Newsweek, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Der Spiegel, The National, Courrier International, The Globe and Mail, and The New Republic and he has recently completed assignments in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq and Haiti.

More about Bryan's work on: Bryan Denton

** Odette Makhlouf

@ Odette Makhlouf

Odette will show photographs of her cousin's wedding in Syria

Few months ago I got a phone call, my cousin was getting married. Three days later I was in a taxi on my way to Homs Syria. My mother is Syrian, all her relatives are still there, yet the last time I‘ve been there was ten years ago. I always had mixed feeling towards this country: In a way I couldn’t get over the Lebanese war period and the Syrian interventions, yet a string kept me attached to this land that stayed authentic, and kept its soul. Through the marriage ceremony I felt an urge to document the complexity of relationships: the show, the emotions, traditions and religion.

Lebanese Odette Makhlouf holds a diploma in cinema studies from the Universite Saint Esprit – Kaslik and a master’s degree in cinema and audio-visual studies from Paris 8 – France. Since then she has been working on different feature films and TV commercials.

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