A Lebanese Archive
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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