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Untitled #13: Beirut, 2011

2011; printed 2012
George Awde, (American, born 1980) Printed by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia Published by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

George Awde is a photographer and educator whose work is widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. An American of Lebanese descent, he currently lives in the United States and in Beirut, Lebanon. Awde received an MA and a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, as well as an MFA in photography from Yale University.

This photograph is from a series entitled Quiet Crossings. Here Awde presents an intimate portrayal of contemporary Middle East masculinity, showing the complexities and closeness of Kurdish men who leave their impoverished rural communities in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq to find work in Beirut. Awde begins his photographic projects by establishing long-term interactions with his subjects, making his photographs predominantly an intimate and personal examination of culture and identity along with notions of home and family laced with political overtones.

Awde is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award and a fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, among many other awards.
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