During 3 years I traveled around Saudi Arabia to discovered its families, female activists, pilgrims, expatriate workers, and 'flower men’. Gender equality in the workplace was barely visible, and those concerned told me that the volume of reforms necessary to achieve this was enormous. In a way, the women of the desert that I met were freer that their city-dwelling counterparts.
This work documents the changes that Beirut has gone through from the war to today. In each page, the facts are shown through both an image that reflects and constructs the reality of the city and testimonies. Over time, the traces of the war have been erased; the streets and the buildings of the city centre have been restored. The bazaars and the old quarters have disappeared and modernity has taken their place. Another city is born.
Mes Arabies (in English, 'My Arabias’) are my visions, inversely written in light, of the diversity, connections, and contradictions of the modern Arab world. I travelled to 12 countries to portray these continually defeated Arabs. I discovered humble people, men and women of honor, proud to be who they are despite the misery, the oppression and the deprivation.
Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, UAE, Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine,
It is 2005, and Syrian troops have at last withdrawn from the villages of Mount Lebanon. With the withdrawal comes the promise of new beginnings. From afar, the mountain villages of the Chouf emanate an air of renaissance. In 1993, an official reconciliation between the Druze and the Christians had allowed the last of the displaced to return to their homes in the mountains of the Chouf and Aley. International donors poured money into the areas for their reconstruction.
Christmas of 1992 Israel expelled 415 Palestinian men from Gaza into the no man’s land of Marj az-Zouhour in South Lebanon. In 1995, I travelled to Gaza to cover the second part of these men’s story: their return to Gaza. Besides telling a story of exile and return, one that touches on the destiny the Palestinian people, Return to Gaza also witnesses the beginnings of the rise of Hamas to dominate the general picture.
Made between 1985 and 1992 in West Beirut, the mountains, the Beka’ Valley and south Lebanon, the photographs that I took as part of the War Children series are my feelings and encounters as a child. This work is dedicated to the victims of all wars who died for what they believed was an ideal, in a world where justice, injustice, good and evil intersect in a commerce where innocents pay with their lives.