Surprise!: Photo Jack Imaging Lebanon's Passers-by, Public and Private Life

Throughout the 1940’s to the 1980’s, the Photo Jack Studio captured the intricacies of urban life in northern Lebanon. Using local photography practices and methods, photographers captured the everyday activities in both public and personal life.

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) works to preserve, digitize, and disseminate the Photo Jack collection, originally from the Photo Jack photography studio which operated for nearly sixty years, from 1939 to 1997. The collection reflects different photographic practices ranging from “photo surprise” in public spaces to reportage of private events. The images portray the diversity of northern Lebanon and its communities across different religious, ethnic, cultural and class groups. The project will focus on the collection's Film Drawers which contain 1,250 rolls of 35mm film and constitute approximately 45,000 photographs.

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Location: Lebanon, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Arab Image Foundation Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,825.00 Commencement Date: 04/2021 Project Status: Active
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