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Josef Koudelka

Between 1962 and 1971, Josef Koudelka travelled through his native Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. His main subject was the Romany Gypsies. Drawn to their nomadic lifestyle, rituals and customs, Koudelka took on a nomadic lifestyle on his own, often travelling with little more than a camera, rucksack and a sleeping bag as he journeyed into his subject matter. Koudelka’s stark images depict the simplicity of Gypsy life, but he does not present their situation as a social problem that should somehow be fixed. Instead, he shows the Gypsies as perpetual outsiders, and their lives as a primal mix of glee and wonder, sorrow and mystery

Josef Koudelka , born in Moravia, made his first photographs while a student in the 1950s. About the same time that he started his career as an aeronautical engineer in 1961 he also began photographing Gypsies in Czechoslovakia and theater in Prague. He turned full-time to photography in 1967. The following year, Koudelka photographed the Soviet invasion of Prague, publishing his photographs under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. In 1969, he was anonymously awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal for those photographs. Koudelka left Czechoslovakia for political asylum in 1970 and shortly thereafter joined Magnum Photos. In 1975, he brought out his first book Gypsies, and in 1988, Exiles. Since 1986, he has worked with a panoramic camera and issued a compilation of these photographs in his book Chaos in 1999. Koudelka has had more than a dozen books of his work published, including Invasion Prague 68 (2008), and, most recently, La Fabrique d’Exils (2017). Significant exhibitions of his work have been held atthe Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; the Institute of Chicago; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Mimmo Jodice

Mimmo Jodice's artistic shots dedicated to Mediterranean interprest at best the spirt of Italian cultural diplomacy in the geographical space who's our country is a vital center, crossroad of past and present, crucible of cultures and traditions. This constitutes the core of Jodice's extraordinary study, between statutes and human faces, ancient ruins of history and plentiful landscapes that seem to hope for a bright future. Now more than ever, this call of the shared cultural heritage which characterises the Mediterranean as a place of peaceful coexistence and richness of dialogue and contamination, is necessary to build bridges against the walls of indifference and intolerance.

Mimmo Jodice was born in Naples. His name is well known in the history of Contemporary Photography.
In early 1960's he began to experiment different materials, abstract forms and all linguistic and technical aspects of photography.
During the 1970's he was in contact with the most important avant-gards artists, such as Warhol, Beuys, Kounelis, De Dominicis, paolini, Sol Lewitt, Kosuth and many others.
In 1969 he began teaching Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, where he taught until 1994.
His first solo exhibition was held in Urban landscapes, and a research of his roots and the myths of Mediterranean.

Abandoned Moments
Ed Kashi

If the decisive moment reflects the reality of a situation in tune with the photographer’s intuition, composition and timing, then the abandoned moment is the consequence of a fractional instant of surrender. The results reveal imprecise and transitory glimpses filled with frenetic energy, embodying a spiritual aspect of what only photography can do; capture a moment that will never occur again.

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues of our times. A member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and compelling rendering of the human condition through his sensitive eye and intimate connectivity to his subjects. Along with numerous awards from POYi, UNICEF, World Press Photo, American Photography, and other prestigious institutions, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, in addition to generating nine books. In partnership with his writer and filmmaker wife, Julie Winokur, the non-profit Talking Eyes Media was founded in 2002.

Wandering in the Middle East
Jean-Michel de Tarragon

This selection includes 28 old photographs from the collection of the Dominican Fathers of Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem which was made according to the academic tradition of this institution to have field-trips. Those trips were all over the Near-East, from historic Palestine, through Transjordan and, in the South, to the Negeb and Sinai. During those trips, a lot of photographs were taken, which have been gathered today in digital format. Most of those photographs were never shown to the public, are unpublished, and are a tribute to the Image Festival Amman, 8th edition.

Jean-Michel de Tarragon ,Born 1945 in France. He became a Catholic priest in 1972. Since 1973 he is in East-Jerusalem as a permanent member of the French Ecole Biblique. He studied cuneiforms (PhD) and old canaanite languages, teached ancient history connected to the Bible. He participated in the archaeological digs of the Ecole Biblique since 1973, and became the assistant photographer of the archaeological activities of Ecole in Jordan and in the Gaza Strip. Retired from active teaching, he is now full time in charge of the photo-collection of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.

A trip to Redeyef
Fakhri Al-Gazal

A trip to Redeyef is a serie about Redeyef, a mining town in the south of Tunisia. In 2012, Fakhri took part in a residency program, organized by the tunisian platform SIWA. An artistic laboratory in which i experimented a sort of photographic cartography of the lieu. After four years, and multiple round-trips, A trip to Redeyef emerged as the result of a wandering, a trip in and through the representation of this town with its long history of militancy and rebellion. And what has become of it: a ghost town inhabited by roaming figures, floating in uncertainty.

Born in 1981 in Akouda, Fakhri El Ghezal is a Tunisian photographer, videographer and director. He graduated in Fine Arts from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis and in Art and Communication from the Institute of Fine Arts in Nabeul. His two work-in-progress projects, Weld El Gannériya and Black Unit, received the Olfa Rambourg Prize and The Rosa Luxemburg award. His photography have been presented at international exhibitions and festivals.

Hikāyāt (stories)
Tariq Dajani

The exhibition consists of a series of hand-crafted photogravure prints combined with Arabic writings by poets Mahmoud Darwish and Samih al-Qasim, and mystics Rumi and Gibran. Dajani uses old family photographs and other material to create poetic stories and ideas that reflect his personal feelings and thoughts, and his constant search for spiritual and earthly identity. The work is dark and evocative, hinting of separation and pain, loss and death. At the same time, the depth of human emotion displayed in the pictures provides future hope and optimism.

Tariq Dajani is a photographer and printmaker. Born to a Palestinian father and English mother he spent his early years moving between the Middle East and Europe, gaining an appreciation of different cultures and traditions. A passion for art and music lead him to explore various outlets for creative expression, until he eventually chose a career in photography. During periods of working in London, Stockholm and Dubai, he established a distinctive style which resonates with truth and emotion. Dajani’s work is contemporary, yet he is a purist by heart, displaying intellectual depth and classical realism.

The Sand along the way
Elsie Haddad

Being in Amman, close to the desert, I wanted to leave the city in search for silence. The further I went from the city the less people I saw; yet, there was always a reminder, always a noise. Man made objects interrupting the wilderness and the silence I was looking for. The city and its people were fading into the desert. The landscape will soon be totally transformed ...and the vast and serene planes become yet another town with narrow & busy street.

Born 1982, Elsie Haddad is a Beirut-based documentary photographer. She likes to push the limits of the genre sometimes bringing her own fiction to the story. Her work revolves around transition and change, as well as around places that hold memories and been witness to different eras and events. She is interested in people with rich life stories and experience, and look for ways of sharing it.

Salem Bouchagour

Started the work on this project in 2015, it revolves around portraits of Bedouin people in the Algerian desert. They have no homes and do not dwell in cities, considering the desert as their home, moveing from one area to anoth.er in search of basic life resources. I see in their faces the harshness of the desert . The most challenging part of this project is to reach those bedouins as they get in the desert far from the city hustles.

Salem Bouchagour a self-taught photographer from Algeria born in 1985, Interested in the Bedouin life in Algeria. He participated in different photography exhibitions, and got his work published in some photography magazines.

Forgotten Life - The Story of Nisreen
Thilo Remini

Forgotten Life sheds a light on the story of a single mother and her four children living in Hebron’s H2 Zone in Palestine. In this isolated area, where radical Israeli settlers cause increasingly difficult living conditions for the majority of the Palestinian population, Nisreen’s family faces almost daily harassment, oppression and restrictions of movement. This portrait of a family tells about what it means on going through severe traumatic experiences and on overcoming these. With their peaceful stance, they maintain a glimpse of hope on a constantly shaking ground in a very unsettling region.

Born in 1987, Thilo Remini is a Swiss photographer currently living in Amman/Jordan. After traveling the world, he studied International Development and obtained further education in documentary photography & photojournalism in Vienna/Austria. He would later become one of the few photographers to be embedded with a special unit of the German Army, following the deployment of his own brother to Afghanistan.

Route Root
Pedro David

During much of my childhood, the north of Minas Gerais meant a mythical place, from where my father returned after long trips, his luggage loaded with tales, adventure stories and unusual gifts. Adding the experiences on the farms of my mother’s uncles, in the interior of Bahia, these were the bases for the creation of my magical childhood world. I searched for places, people and situations that I could already feel did not exist beyond my imagination.

Photographer, visual artist. Lives and works in Nova Lima and Belo Horizonte – Brasil, got his bachelors in Social Communication & Journalism from PUC-Minas, in 2001. Attended graduate in Arts and contemporaneity in the Guignard School (UEMG, 2002). He exhibited his work in different countries, and received several prizes, and published 4 books.

Genius Loci
Siniša Vlajković

Genius Loci is a term often used by architects to describe the permeating spirit of a place. Social landscapes that form this series of photographs are the result of a sequence of haphazard road trips around less familiar corners of the United Arab Emirates - an experience that gradually became an introspective journey through space and time.

Siniša Vlajković was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1969. After graduating in Regional Planning, he switched to advertising and subsequently worked as an art director in Belgrade, London, Beirut and Dubai. In parallel, he engaged in a series of personal photography projects, documenting his impressions of the Middle East and the Balkans. The resulting work has been exhibited internationally and has featured in high-profile publications.

Uprooting Memories
Rocío Villalonga

This series is more like a visual poem. It is set up of different 8mm films taken by my father in the 1960s in different cities like, Montevideo, New York and London. I build a discourse with this material and shape images of the films in which the images overlap, merge and dialogue, and screen them with three analogue projectors. I record the resulting work in a digital format and save the frames that build up “Uprooting memories” to create a photographic series and accompany it by the resulting video.

Born in 1966 in Spain, Rocio holds a PhD in Fine Arts at the Miguel Hernández University. Her interdisciplinary artistic work is in the field of installations, public art, photography and video, and addresses issues of a social, political and personal nature. Rocio held her first solo exhibition in 1987 atthe Technological Institute of Bandung, Indonesia. She has participated in many art fairs and exhibited her work in national museums all over the world.

Mohammed Zakaria

Whereas the most common usage of the term “sakan” is in the sense of “housing”, I am more interested in its alternate definitions as “motionlessness” and “tranquility”. This collection of photographs was produced in an attempt to deconstruct my notion of home in ways that closely parallel the semantic qualities of “sakan”- to unlearn and relearn the concept by wandering through the physical environment I call home. Sakan is an inquiry into the way my true self manifests in the physical environment.

Born in Doha, Qatar in 1986, moving to Amman, Jordan shortly after, where he currently lives and works. Zakaria’s passion for the arts started from shooting and making skateboarding videos in his early 20s, after which switching from the moving image to the still one. His interest in photography lies in the honesty of the medium. His current practice is defined as a means of research into an -thropological and philosophical curiosities.

Cinema camera
M’hammed Kilito

In 2018, These hands celebrate its 10th anniversary, M’hammed kilito follows the film tracks to try to find the real characters who have moved him so much on the screen and offer them to pose, this time, in front of his camera; to explore and question too … Ten years later, what has become of them? Some people accept to be photographed, others refuse, the grocer of miracles and Dkaiki are no longer of this world.

M’hammed Kilito is a Moroccan photographer based in Rabat. His interest lies in the small details of everyday life that can provide information on Morocco’s current state. The daily observations, the encounters he makes and the stories he is told inspire him to work on socio-political themes such as the deep divisions based on class and heritage, migration, identity and social determinism.

A walk through Fontainebleau Forest
Mira Khlaif

Born and raised in the rocky, desert landscapes of Jordan, the forest was a mystery, an alien land I had yet to explore. To connect with nature one must wander, allowing nature to flow through and in turn circulate within one’s self. Fontainbleau France replaced the sand with trees, rocks with boulders and wind with air. I wandered, and I found.

A practicing Architect,Mira Khleif spends a lot of her time behind the lens, she uses photography, her education and conceptual skills to capture moments, spaces and emotions, which convey ideas through a photographic artistic image. She is a member at Darat al Tasweer organisation in Amman, Jordan. What initially started as a hobby turned quickly into a semi professional artistic expression.

The things we leave behind
Paola Farran

As inhabitants of this planet, we live our lives mostly unaware of how substantial our footprint is. Every step we take forms ripples in our environment, bringing contentment, strain, comfort, change...
This photographic project zooms onto the smallest evidence of our wanderings - a witness of the wrinkles we imprint on our world, whether voluntary or not, whether lasting or ephemeral.

Paola Farran is a Canadian artist currently based in Amman. Born in Beirut with Italian origins, she has called many countries ‘home’ over the years. As a result, her art and photography explore the themes of acceptance and belonging, of impermanence, and of celebrating beauty in the simple acts of daily life.

Stars and Stone
Bashar Tabbaa

Stars and Stone is a photographic exploration of Jordan’s historical ruins under the veil of night; the project explores sites in a state very few have seen or experienced. Initiated in 2017, this project is an expansion of night photography taken between 2014-2016. it now encompasses 25+ sites from around the kingdom.

Bashar Tabbah’s passion for photography, exploration and history has dominated his life for the past 15 years. Growing up in Jordan surrounded by historical treasures highly influenced his passion and outlook. He primarily focuses on sites of historical and cultural significance and has travelled extensively, photographing over 380 locations internationally as well as 250 in Jordan. In December 2018 he published his first photography/ history book, titled A Map and a Lens: Jordan.

Perfect homes for leaving
Marwan Tahtah

In the diaspora camps, refugees have accumulated things as a substitute for life, as if they were anticipating any possibility of sudden migration or trying to preserve their memory. Sheets that turn into a second skin once the cold penetrates the tents. Wood furniture parts that are unable to accommodate tired bodies at the end of the day. Cages inside cages. Ladders that are unable to reach the memory they left behind, regardless of their height.

Marwan Tahtah is a professional photographer who has been working for Lebanese newspapers since 2000. Besides his own projects, he has also worked on projects managed by the ICRC, the Goethe Institute and other organizations. Marwan’s work has been on display in many photography exhibitions in Beirut, Paris and Berlin. In June 2016, he received a Master Diploma in Photography from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France.

Searching for Mr. X
Karsten Kronas

Is Mr. X the one who stole my phone ? At least it was him who unexpectedly turns into a ghost: Through Dropbox-interface of my mobile, I saw every photograph Mr. X took with the mobile, saw him, his friends, a community, more detailed from the one I have seen before. I set out searching for Mr. X, a search that is never one for my stolen phone. The city I found is home to a community of young Eritreans. My search has long turned metaphorical after I went to Eritrea two years later.

Karsten Kronas , born 1978 in Wiesbaden is a Germany based conceptual photographer, primarily working on documentary longtime projects. He is teaching conceptual photography at a Design School and currently realizing his Master Project at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld. His award winning works are internationally shown at Festivals and Museums like Marta Herford, and Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. Karsten Kronas holds a Diploma in Photography and Media after his studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld and the Marmara University in Istanbul.

Birds Migration
Oqba Faraj

Birds flock migrates since thousands of years, moving in great distances though deserts, mountains and oceans. reaching to its final destination usually at the same time every year. Some of those birds reach up to 50000 km flying distance yearly and some flies without stopping over 100 hours with exact details directions. The reasons of migration varies upon seasons, food and mating. I let me lens capture birds reaching in their migration Jordan, documenting their kinds and beauty.

Born in Amman in 1972 of Palestinian origins, Oqba was attracted to photography at a young age. He studied photography at the University of Baghdad before he was forced to stop after the war erupted. He worked in commercial photography for years and developed his identity with artistic projects specializing in nature photography before taking on documentary projects.

Untitled Morocco
Ziad Naitaddi

In trying to avoid capturing the expressions of faces, I reach the inner world though the surrounding atmosphere, light and composition. I am Exploring another emotional side of Morocco, though different point of views, characters and generations. Trying to express photographically these moments of life which are very dark and seems temporary - reflecting deeply an eternal state of the human soul.

Born 1995 in Rabat-Morocco. A self-taught visual artist, his interest in photography started while he was dreaming to become a filmmaker, attracted by the fugacity of this nondescript occasion of capturing a brief emotional moment in the viewfinder. Since 2013, he devoted his time to photography through a cinematic research which he explores in the form of documentary and fiction.

Cities of beauty
Mohammed Alsanani

I took this collection of images in historical cities; Ibb and Sana, between the years 2017 and 2019. where I see the beauty of the two cities in the eyes of its people. I try to enhance my images using special techniques in post production.

Born in Ibb, Yemen 1997. interested in Photography since his early age, He took many photography workshops and courses, he is a member of many youth foundations dedicated to photography.

Chasing Sunsets
Samah Arafat

What lies behind every sunset is beauty that can’t be described and tranquility that can’t be matched. Every day; with the same habitude; I chase this golden hour at which different shades of colours blend perfectly together creating a breathtaking scene that brings joy, happiness and peace to the soul. Chasing sunsets is a project that was triggered by a beautiful feeling which was continued over three years as a source of personal rejoicing and content.

Samah is an amateur photographer who developed a passion for photography at a young age. This hobby gave her the chance to explore new horizons showing her own perspective to the world. Samah started to take photos using a compact camera until she owned her DSLR. Samah’s first accomplishment was during her university years when she won the first prize in a National Photography competition which led her to improve and hone her skills.

Lost in the Land of Touareg
Fadli Hadji

In a series of 10 pictures, “Lost in the Land of Touareg “ is a photo project that depicts the lifestyle of Tuareg people. Touareg are an Amazigh tribe that lives in the Sahara desert. Between the hostility of the nature and the emptiness of desert, the Touareg life is never easy among a nature where all the factors are against the humans. Visiting the land of Touareg and living their lifestyle is one the best memorable experiences that one can experiment.

From Ghardaïa, South of Algeria, holds a Master degree in the English language, and a passionate photographer. He participated in many national collective exhibitions of photography. Founder member of the “TADART”, a foundation aims to promotion the art of photography for the benefit of the society. The organiser of the event “ Printemps Photo” for 4 editions.