Exhibits are shown in the exhibition titled “Up and Coming – Talented Photographers” at the House of Photography in the Art District in east Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)

BEIRUT, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Lebanese artist Maher Attar says he wants to convey a message of hope to viewers through a photo exhibition he curated in Beirut, the Lebanese capital he lived and loved.

“Through images of independence, deprivation, immigration and what remains to be interpreted, my curation portrays Beirut as a woman who endured war and hardship but never fell apart,” Attar said. .

The four-week exhibition, titled “Up and Coming – Talented Photographers”, opened on August 9. The event is edifying for the artistic community in Lebanon, which is suffering from a serious economic crisis which has forced many artists to leave the country and caused the suspension of a large number of cultural activities.

Hosting 31 artistic works by 10 different artists at the Art District House of Photography in East Beirut, the exhibition represents Attar’s efforts to help young Lebanese artists showcase their abilities and pursue their artistic goals in the hard times.

“I believe in the potential of young people and the diversity of art and photography, and I also like to share my experience and success with the younger generation,” he said.

The Lebanese artist, now in his 50s, began his career as a war photographer during the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990. He also covered the Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988, the Gulf War in 1990 and the war in Afghanistan. since 2001.

Exhibition participants are excited to exhibit their works among Attar’s extensive network of artists, associates and art lovers in Lebanon.

The youngest artist in the exhibition, Cindy Abdo, felt that the event provided a good opportunity to network with professional photographers and increase the visibility of her artistic works.

“Being the youngest photographer in the room and being the first to sell (an artwork) gave me a lot of motivation for the future,” said the 21-year-old.

Tarek Saab, an artist in his forties, says he is delighted to send his photos to the exhibition.

“People ask for my photos, I was surprised to see people showing great interest in my work,” Saab said.

Photos are displayed in the exhibition titled “Up and Coming – Talented Photographers” at the Art District’s House of Photography in east Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)

An exhibit is displayed in the exhibition titled “Up and Coming – Talented Photographers” at the House of Photography in the Art District in east Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)

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