"No one will forget the women and children in the pages that follow.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid
Lebanon is a country built on dichotomies. It is a blend of cultures, poised at the intersection between the Western and Arab worlds. Born in Beirut and living in the West, photographer Rania Matar is especially attuned to those dichotomies. Here she honours the lives of the women and children of Lebanon in evocative black-and-white photographs. They convey the many facets of life, acknowledging the undeniable presence of war and tragedy, yet celebrating the strength, dignity and humanity of lives lived amid the rubble, in refugee camps or behind the veil. These images are universal reminders of the tender bond between a mother and child, the cheerful camaraderie of friends and the resilience of the human spirit. Accompanying these photographs are excerpts from the poetry of celebrated Palestinian-American author Lisa Majaj.
"Ordinary Lives, a touching book by a great Leica photographer."
"...a remarkable collection of images..."
"...Matar looks past the negative aspects of these surroundings and allows the spirit of her subjects to rise in every frame she shoots."
November 2009 • £28.00 • ISBN 978 1 59372 037 7 • 128pp • 300 x 202mm • 100 duotone photographs