Faces of Lebanon

Lebanon is a country of many faces. In the West, the name mostly brings up associations of war, occupation, and terror, and maybe a past golden age as the Paris of the Middle East.

In the Arab world, the associations are quite different. A phrase whose connotations I don't completely understand illustrates at least some of it. According to the BBC, a Baghdad drug addict said: "One type of tablet is called Lebanon - when I take it I see Lebanon. I've never been there, but it's in the tablet."

The mission of this gallery is to show the faces of Lebanon that I have encountered: very different, I think, from what you see in the news media (most often of the usual Arab-shaking-a-fist variety) or the Lebanese glossy magazines (usually of the Westernized-fashion-victim variety). These photos date from my trips to Lebanon between 1999 and 2003.

Villager
Villager
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Prayer
Prayer
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Home from school
Home from school
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Fishermen
Fishermen
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Ja'afar
Ja'afar
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Armenian jeweler
Armenian jeweler
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Stoneworker
Stoneworker
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Ottoman
Ottoman
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Café Al-Midan
Café Al-Midan
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Happy Sister
Happy Sister
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Joanna
Joanna
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Visitors to Beiteddine palace
Visitors to Beiteddine palace
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Back from the hairdresser
Back from the hairdresser
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In from the storm
In from the storm
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Under Destruction
Under Destruction
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Watchman
Watchman
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At the races
At the races
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Run through time
Run through time
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Grandmother and granddaughter
Grandmother and granddaughter
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Letitia and Lea
Letitia and Lea
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Therese and Lea
Therese and Lea
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Rosy and Beba
Rosy and Beba
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Sitt Leila
Sitt Leila
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Model 55
Model 55
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Isa
Isa
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Outside the mosque
Outside the mosque
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Huntsman
Huntsman
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Master Vintner
Master Vintner
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