Group Photo Project in Libya

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Rebels prepared to invade a house occupied by government soldiers in Misurata, L

Rebels prepared to invade a house occupied by government soldiers in Misurata, Libya. Photo: André Liohn

From The New York Times Lens Blog: The extremes of uprising, from the initial euphoria to muddy truths blurred by violence, are now the focus of a group project aimed at bringing work by a few Western photographers back to the country where the images were taken. Titled Almost Dawn in Libya (ADIL) and conceived by the photographer André Liohn, the project features work by Bryan Denton, Lynsey Addario, Eric Bouvet, Christopher Morris, Jehad Nga and Finbarr O'Reilly.

Curated by Paolo Pellegrin and Annalisa D’Angelo and produced by Samuele Pellecchia, Claudio Jampaglia and Gaia Mazzolini from Prospekt Photographers, the project is partnering with aid agencies, local organizations and galleries to mount an exhibition of about 100 photographs in the Libyan cities of Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli and Zintan. We have begun an appeal for financing on emphas.is, the Web site, to raise $15,000 to cover costs.

The aim is to bring together Libyans with different opinions, perspectives and experiences of the conflict to explore diverse interpretations of their unfolding history. The work focuses on our individual experiences on both sides of the war. It does not claim to offer a definitive understanding of events, only an outsider’s view.

“We are giving Libyan people the opportunity to challenge us, and how we saw the conflict,” Liohn said. “We are exposing ourselves to their opinion.”

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