Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Minute 22: A project by Sowar Magazine

This project is about taking a single photo at the exact same time in the Arab world.

The objective is to document, through pictures, what everyone else is doing during Minute 22.

On Friday 22 August 2008 at exactly 2:22 pm Lebanon local time, Sowar Magazine wants you to take a single photo.

22 is the number of countries in the League of Arab States. If you live in any of those countries, you can be a part of this project at the following local times:

Egypt - 2:22pm
Iraq - 2:22pm
Jordan - 2:22pm
Lebanon - 2:22pm
Saudi Arabia - 2:22pm
Syria - 2:22pm
Yemen - 2:22pm
Libya - 1:22pm
Sudan - 2:22pm
Morocco - 12:22pm
Tunisia - 1:22pm
Kuwait - 2:22pm
Algeria - 12:22pm
UAE - 3:22pm
Bahrain - 2:22pm
Qatar - 2:22pm
Oman - 3:22pm
Mauritania - 11:22am
Somalia - 2:22pm
Palestine - 2:22pm
Djibouti - 2:22pm
Comoros - 2:22pm

The pictures will be published in a special edition of Sowar Magazine. The pictures will also be posted online.

Anyone can join, and any camera can be used (cell phone, compact, point & shoot, DSLR, etc.)

To learn more about the project, and to receive the latest updates and instructions, join the Minute 22 Facebook Group

You can also check out details on the Sowar Magazine page

Saturday, July 12, 2008

International Festival of Photojournalism 2008

Every year, Visa Pour l'Image hosts one of the most powerful festivals covering international photojournalism in Perpignan, France. Between September 1 and 7, 2008, they will be celebrating their 20th year anniversary. The festival features riveting exhibitions, evening shows, and six major awards which cannot be missed. You can learn more about the festival on www.2e-bureau.com

Sample Image from the festival:

© Alexandra Boulat / VII

The Baghdad Fall
: U.S. Marines use their vehicle to help topple a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, April 9, 2003. This picture made the 2003 poster of Visa pour l’Image.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hassan Osman named "pioneer" on Menassat.com

Sowar Magazine and the Lebanese Civil War special edition just made it to the front page of Menassat.com – a highly-regarded news website about the Middle East and North Africa. You can read their interview with editorial director Hassan Osman about the magazine’s concept here: http://www.menassat.com/?q=news-articles/4042-portrait-pioneer

A couple of other well-known blogs, www.bloggingbeirut.com and www.beirutspring.com have mentioned the magazine as well.