Rania Matar


  • Geographic Location: Middle East and North Africa


Reading the Koran, Women’s Rally, Beirut 2007

Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:43 PM

Featured Community Voice: Rania Matar

Lebanese-born photographer Rania Matar, who currently lives in the United States, frequently travels back to her native country. On her last trip home in 2007, she documented the changing and striking ways in which Lebanese Muslim women are engaging in politics.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:28 PM

I do not intend these images to be political or to represent Lebanon as a country. They focus on portraying the universality of being human, regardless of one's circumstance: what it means to be a mother, a father, a child or a young woman  of any background or religion. My intent is to depict lives that are ordinary in a country that is anything but.

Behind their black veils, girls have friends, bond and giggle; mothers nurse and nurture their children in refugee camps; a nun blissfully stares at the sea from the balcony of her convent; a child brings a smile to a mother's face even while destruction surrounds them.

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