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Joumana El Zein Khoury’s Wider Lens

Joumana El Zein Khoury’s Wider Lens

Photography “speaks directly to your emotions,” says Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of World Press Photo, which holds the world’s leading contest for news and documentary photography. Since she joined in 2021, she has organized six new global partnerships to “be our guides” and diversify the images and themes that earn annual awards for top visual storytelling. And she isn’t a photographer.
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Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Except for a rare self-portrait, Bibi Zogbé painted flowers—exuberant and confident, as well as modern and symbolic, her paintings reflect her life between her native Lebanon and three decades in Argentina.
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Andrew Nemr Taps Into Story

Andrew Nemr Taps Into Story

Telling stories about life journeys may not be what most people think tap dancers do, but that is where Andrew Nemr taps his way into a deeper root of the art.
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“Prince of Casablanca”

“Prince of Casablanca”

Working with civic reality as an architect and personal imagination as a novelist, Alaa Halifi has, at age 23, already won awards in both fields. His subject: his city, Casablanca.
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Refuge in Recipes: The Research Journey of Nawal Nasrallah

Refuge in Recipes: The Research Journey of Nawal Nasrallah

It was time for the family to sit down for dinner at Nawal Nasrallah’s home in Bloomington, Indiana. Nasrallah had made her 18-year-old daughter Iba’s favorite dish, Iraqi-style eggplant biryani, in honor of the college acceptance letter Iba had just received. Iba spooned the biryani onto her plate, took a bite and burst into tears. “Where am I going to find food like this at school?” she asked.
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A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

Photojournalist Tor Eigeland set sail from his hometown of Oslo in 1947 at age 16, and he never looked back until he had completed his last photography assignment, in Tangier for AramcoWorld in 2016.
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Cheikha Remitti, Queen Mother of Rai

Cheikha Remitti, Queen Mother of Rai

Born in a village in northwest Algeria, Cheika Remitti sang high-energy songs of love, loss and society that pioneered rai music. Beloved by fans for more than 60 years until her death in 2006, her influence and popularity endure.
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Arab American Journeys in Film: A Conversation with Waleed F. Mahdi

Arab American Journeys in Film: A Conversation with Waleed F. Mahdi

“What does it mean to develop a complex sense of Arab American identity in film?” asks Waleed F. Mahdi, whose comparative and detailed analysis of three motion picture industries—Hollywood, Egyptian and Arab American—searches for an answer to that question.
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Reviving the Art of Tunisian Glass

Reviving the Art of Tunisian Glass

In the mid-1980s, Sadika Keskes fired up the first artisanal glass furnaces in Tunisia in 600 years. Since then she has revived a once-thriving heritage craft and, through her teaching, lit up imaginations among a new generation of artisans.
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