Rania Matar

    Just saw some of this photographer’s work for the first time. She’s from Lebanon originally, but moved to the U.S. in the 80’s, according to her website bio: http://www.raniamatar.com/index.php     I’m most interested in this series of photographs called “A Girl and her Room”, all photos taken in the past couple of years. 

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     Some of these were taken in the U.S. and some in Lebanon. I love the intimacy of some of them and the invasive quality of others. Each of the images seems to be an individual character study, and contains some narrative in aspects and details of the room each girl is in. The similarities among rooms can be surprising, and also the varying attitudes of the sitters. But I love how focused and concise each image is, and simultaneously the mystery surrounding each person in each picture. Also interested in what these say about girl culture in the U.S. and places like Lebanon. 

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