Photo essays

Eid in Idlib

Eid in Idlib

Photojournalist Fared al Mahlool took these photos of Idlib over the eve and morning of Eid. They show that the battered province is a safe haven mainly for men, women, and children, who take the same joy in new clothes, good food, carnival-rides, and candy as we all do. Their smiles are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Covering War from Home

Covering War from Home

My mom always tells me not to go to war zones because she’s afraid of losing me. I would never tell my parents when I entered a war zone, so they wouldn’t worry. But this summer when I returned to Palestine to photograph the war, she was pleased. “It’s OK,” she said, because I am next to you!” It’s funny how moms think.

The Rise of Halal-Friendly Tourism

The Rise of Halal-Friendly Tourism

The Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines are known to be party spots during the summer months, with resorts and rentals catering to all budgets. The familiar sight of tipsy, heavily sun-kissed Russians and northern Europeans still prevails, but the halal-conscious travelers are becoming more numerous along these shores, although they won’t often be seen.

Bradley Secker
Shooting the War in Syria

Shooting the War in Syria

Although the aftermath of the war in Syria continues, artworks that repurpose photographs of the war may contribute to a renewed narrative. Art makes the viewer reflect on time and all the opportunities lost. Eventually, perhaps, the art helps us make sense of the war.

Olympe Lemut
War and Wine in Karabakh

War and Wine in Karabakh

The bottles of a local wine once produced in a region that today is under Azerbaijani control have become a rare piece for collectors. For Armenians, they´re also a stark reminder of what was lost in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Karlos Zurutuza,
Gilad Sade
The Divas of the Arab World

The Divas of the Arab World

The exhibition at IMA shines the spotlight on women who are not as well remembered as Umm Kulthum, such as the beloved star of Egyptian musicals, Laila Mourad, who was Jewish, or Warda, who was born in Paris of Algerian parents and began singing in her parents’ cabaret.

Olivia Snaije
Afghanistan’s Post-NATO Battle Lines

Afghanistan’s Post-NATO Battle Lines

The Taliban, the government, and warlords in this country are the only political entities that the international community seems to recognize as interlocutors. This excludes the majority of the population, which does not recognize itself in these categories.

Filippo Rossi,
Emanuele Satolli