A Le­banese Ar­chive

Lebanon Traveler - - BOOKS -

A new book by Ania Dabrowska sheds light on a long-forgotten ar­chive from pho­to­jour­nal­ist Diab Alkarssifi that cov­ers Le­banese and Arab photography. The 27,000 strong col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs doc­u­ments 100 years of Arab his­tory. The un­likely meet­ing be­tween Dabrowska and Alkarssifi hap­pened in the UK in the early ‘90s when they met at a home­less hos­tel where he was stay­ing and Dabrowska was run­ning a photography work­shop. He later came to her stu­dio with part of his life-long col­lec­tion, two car­rier bags full of pho­to­graphic prints and neg­a­tives cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from day-to-day life in his home city of Baal­beck along with found images from the photography stu­dios of Baal­beck, Beirut, Da­m­as­cus and Cairo – of­fer­ing a rare in­sight into the cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal and ev­ery­day life of the Arab world, with the ear­li­est photo dat­ing back to 1889. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Book Works and the Arab Im­age Foun­da­tion, Dabrowska and Alkarssifi hope to pre­serve the pho­to­graphs of this fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion and share with the world in the form of a book. They have launched a cam­paign on crowd­fund­ing plat­form Kick­starter to raise the USD 20,000 funds to cover the costs of pro­duc­ing a beau­ti­ful 1000 copy limited run.

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