Tanit Galerie

MaximilianStrasse 45
80538 Munchen
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 292233
email: info@galerietanit.com

The Third Line Gallery

Street 6, Al Quoz 3
PO Box 72036 | Dubai
Telephone: +9714 341 1367
email: art@thethirdline.com

Espace Kunigk Kettaneh

East Village Building - Ground Floor
Armenia Street | Mar Mikhael | Beirut
Telephone: +961 76 557 662
email: espacekk@gmail.com

Galerie Gilles Peyroulet

80 rue Quincampoix
Paris 75003
Telephone: +331 4278 8511
email: contact@galeriepeyroulet.com

Fouad Elkoury

9, rue de la Perle
75003 PARIS

Email  jim72@free.fr

Born in 1952 in Paris. Lives between Paris and Beirut.

After earning a degree in architecture in London in 1979, he turns to photography, documenting daily life in war torn Lebanon. In 1984, his images are published in his first album Beyrouth Aller-Retour, a book on the life of a war-torn city. His work on the urban landscape of Marseille resulted in an exhibition at the Musée de la Vieille Charité in 1986 and developed into a sustained interest in photographing cities: Rome, Amman, Djibouti.

In 1989 he joins the Rapho agency and wins the Prix Medicis Hors les Murs, spending a year in Egypt retracing the steps of Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp. In 1991 he takes part in a collective mission of capturing the aftermath of war in downtown Beirut. The work is published in an album Beirut City Centre by Editions du Cyprès, Paris and presented in an exhibition at the Paris Palais de Tokyo in 1993. The book has since become a landmark in the history of photography.

After the handshake between Israelis and Palestinians at the White House, he spends time in Gaza and the Occupied Territories, which resulted in the publication of Palestine, l'envers du miroir by Editions Hazan, Paris in 1996. Two other books followed almost simultaneously: Suite Egyptienne with Editions Actes Sud in 1997 and Liban Provisoire published by Hazan in 1998.

In 1997 he co-creates the Beirut based Arab Image Foundation, an organization that seeks to archive and preserve photography from the region while also making the medium more accessible. The following year he moved to Turkey and produced an extensive photographic travelogue, the last of his purely photographic series.

In 2002, he presents at the Paris Maison Européenne de la Photo a new collection of photographic compositions, incorporating sequential images to emphasize meaning, as well as his first video Lettres à Francine, based on his photographs of Turkey. A catalogue Sombres, is published by Marval. In 2003 he directs his second video Moving Out. An essay on photography La sagesse du photographe is published in Paris in 2004.

In 2005, back in Beirut, he shoots Welcome to Beirut, a video on everyday scenes in the city. In parallel, commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation, he produces Civilisation, fake = real?, a photographic project on Dubai exhibited at the 6th Sharjah Biennial. Following the 2006 war in Lebanon, he creates On war and love, a photographic diary in 33 composite images. Among other venues, the work is shown at the 2007 Venice Biennale and is published in Paris the same year.

Between 2008-2009, he develops a new project What happened to my dreams, a photographic series of 32 visuals addressing a range of contemporary socio-political issues. This body of work is simultaneously shown in Dubai, Paris and Beirut. He then works on abandoned Soviet military bases, mainly in Eastern Europe. In the summer of 2011, along with an exhibition at the Beirut Art Centre, he publishes at Steidl an extensive catalogue called Be…longing.

From 2012 to 2014, he is commissioned to make several works: Thessaloniki, a multi-ethnic past, photographic compositions inspired by Mark Mazower’s Salonica, shown in 2014 at the Byzantine Museum, as part of the PhotoBiennale; Atlantis, a slide show depicting Arafat’s journey from Beirut to Athens in 1982, shown at the 9th Gwangju biennale; Civil war, screened at the Halles of Schaerbeek in Brussels, and Re:Visiting Tarab, a documentary on Tarek Atoui’s musical project, screened in Sharjah in 2014. The same year, he presents at the Maison Européenne de la Photo in Paris Le plus beau jour, an installation made of multiple photographic layers based on Etel Adnan’s poem To be in a time of war, he shows Destructions at the Galerie Gilles Peyroulet in Paris and The lost Empire at The Third Line Gallery in Dubai. He also participates in group shows, namely at the Gwangju Art Museum and the New Museum in NY.

Between 2015 and 2020, he composes two books, Lettres à mon fils, a series of e-mails with an image and a text explaining the image, and Passing Time, an anthology of his photographs of Lebanon, with the help of Manal Khader and Gregory Buchakjian. He also transforms his work On War and Love into a film and he directs and edits The river and Nothing to lose. He does many exhibitions around the world, Moscow, London, Cairo, Buenos Aires, Umea, Rome, Beirut, Dubai, ArtBasel...He also takes pictures of the city of Dubai in view of a large exhibition during Expo 2020 and works in consignment for Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico.

In 2017 he leaves Paris and settles in Beirut where he creates the following year Mina Image Centre, a place dedicated for photography in the Middle East. After the blast of August 4, 2021, which totally destroyed it, Mina Image Centre is reconstructed with the help of several NGO’s. Having equally lost his own home in Beirut, he moves to the mountain of Lebanon, where he starts taking pictures of nature, works on a new book J’émerge and also finishes editing a film Letters to Huguette, about a renowned painter and the so-called ‘revolution’ in Beirut, in October 2019. In 2022, Kamy Pakdel shoots a film about him.

Solo exhibitions (major)

1985 Poste restante Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris (France)
1988 Djibouti Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (France)
1996 Palestine, l'envers du miroir Centre de la Photographie, Genève (Switzerland)
2000 Liban Provisoire Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon (USA)
2002 Suite Egyptienne Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon (USA)
2002 Sombres Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris (France), Townhouse Gallery, Le Caire (Egypt), La Crypte, Beirut (Lebanon), LenbachHaus, Munich (Germany)
2006 Civilisation, fake = real? The Third Line, Dubai (UAE)
2007 On war and love Galerie Tanit, Munich (Germany) & Beirut (Lebanon)
2009-10 What happened to my dreams? The Third Line, Dubai (UAE), Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris (France), Galerie Tanit, Beirut (Lebanon)
2011 Be…longing Beirut Art Center, Beirut (Lebanon)
2011 Amman 1987 Darat el Funun, Amman (Jordan)
2014 Destructions Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris (France)
2014 The lost empire The Third Line Gallery, Dubai (UAE)
2015 The lost empire Galerie Tanit, Munich(Germany)
2016 Blues for the Orient Rodeo Gallery, London (UK)
2016 Play the Possum Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (Egypt)
2017 Passing Time Stone gardens, Beirut (Lebanon)
2018 Domestic Assault Art Basel (Switzerland)
2019 La mer patrie Dar el Nimer, Beirut (Lebanon)

Group exhibitions (major)

1988 Entrevues citadines Musée de la Vieille Charité, Marseille (France)
1993 Beyrouth Centre Ville Centre National de la Photo, Paris (France), Coimbra (Portugal
1993 Petra; le dit des pierres Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (France)
1994 Europe rurale FNAC, Paris (France)
1996 Les trois grandes Egyptiennes Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi (Belgium), Paris (France)
2004 Present absent Galerie Tanit, Munich (Germany)
2005 Civilisation, fake = real? Sharjah Biennial (UAE)
2006 1982 Melina Merkouri Foundation, Athens (Greece)
2006 Les peintres de la vie moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
2007 On war and love 52nd Venice Biennale (Italy)
2008 Roads were open / Roads were closed The Third Line, Dubai (UAE)
2011 The eye is a lonely hunter 4 Fotofestival Mannheim (Germany)
2013 The sea is my land Maxxi, Roma (Italy)
2014 Songs of loss and songs of love Gwangju Art Museum (Korea)
2014 Here and elsewhere New Museum, New York (USA)
2015 Migraciones Hotel de Immigrantes, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2016 Don't you think it's time for love? MMMA, Moscow (Russia)
2017 Home Beirut - Sounding the neighbours Maxxi, Roma (Italy)
2020 Masculinities Barbican, London (UK)
2021 Divas Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (France)
2021 A roof for silence Lebanese pavilion, Venice biennale (Italy)
2022 Distant divides Leipzig Halle (Germany)
2022 Perpetual Inventory, Volume I: An exercise in looking The Third Line gallery, Dubai (UAE)
2023 Love songs, photography and intimacy International Center for photography, NY (USA)


2011 Beirut Art Centre (Lebanon)
2018 Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York (USA)

2012 9th Gwangju Biennale (Korea)
2012 Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgium)
2014 Maison Européenne de la Photo (France)

Le plus beau jour
2014 Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris (France)
2015 Art Dubai, Dubai (UAE)
2016 Bildmuseet, Umeå (Sweden)
2017 Maxxi, Rome (Italy)
2019 Dar el Nimer, Beirut (Lebanon)

Solo bibliography

1984 Beyrouth aller-retour Editions de l'Etoile, Paris (France)
1996 Palestine, l'envers du miroir Hazan, Paris (France)
1998 Liban Provisoire Hazan, Paris (France)
1999 Suite Egyptienne Actes Sud, Arles (France)
2002 Sombres Marval, Paris (France)
2004 La Sagesse du Photographe L’oeil neuf, Paris (France)
2007 On war and love Intervalles, Paris (France)
2010 Il est venu hier L’oeil neuf, Paris (FR)
2010 What happened to my dreams? Beirut (Lebanon)
2011 Be…longing Steidl, Göttingen (Germany)
2016 Lettres à mon fils Actes Sud, Arles (France)
2017 Passing Time Kaph books, Beirut, (Lebanon)

Collective bibliography (major)

1992 Beyrouth Centre Ville Editions du Cyprès, Paris (France)
1993 100 photos pour la Liberté de la Presse Reporters sans frontières, Paris (France)
1993 Petra, le dit des pierres Actes Sud, Arles (France)
1994 Europe Rurale Filigranes Editions, Bégard (France)
1996 Les trois grandes Egyptiennes les pyramides de Gizeh, Ed. Marval, Paris (France)
1999 Le cœur demeure texts by Andrée and Louis Chedid, Stock, Paris (France)
2000 I tempi di Roma Editions Adam Biro, Paris (France)
2004 Review of photographic memory Ed. Jalal Toufic / Arab Image Foundation, Beirut (Lebanon)
2008 Europe échelle 27 Trans Photographic Press, Paris (France)
2012 Roundtable 9th Gwangju Biennale (Korea)
2013 The sea is my land Feltrinelli, Rome (ITA)


Jours tranquilles en Palestine
1998, 13’, with Sylvain Roumette, On Line Productions, Paris (France)
1998 Arte TV (France)
2005 On Difference #1. Local Contexts - Hybrid Spaces, Stuttgart (Germany)
2005 No Visa required, ArteEast/Tribeca Film Institute, NY (USA)
2019 Dar el Nimer, Beirut (Lebanon)
Lettres à Francine
2002, 43’, with Et Alors Productions / MEP, Paris (France)
2003 21st FIFA Montréal (Canada)
2003 Visions du Réel, Nyon (Switzerland)
2003 Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (Turkey)
2003 Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France)
2003 E-phos 2003, Athènes (Greece)
2003 25th Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier (France)
2003 7th International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava (Czech Republic)
2003 Cultural Forum Ashkal Alwan, Beyrouth (Lebanon)
2004 Recipient of Mention Spéciale du Jury, Les écrans documentaires, Gentilly (France)
2004 Recipient of Premier Prix de la Qualité, Centre National du Cinéma, Paris (France)
2004 7th Biennale of Arab Cinema, IMA, Paris (France)
2004 Rétrospective SCAM aux Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France)
2004 Périphérie, Montreuil (France)
2005 Inventaire Contemporain III, Jeu de Paume, Paris (France)
2006 15th Festival du Film Court, Pantin (France)
2006 CinemaEast Film Festival, New York (USA)

Moving Out
2004, 20’, with Et Alors Productions, Paris (France)
2005 On Difference #1. Local Contexts - Hybrid Spaces, Stuttgart (Germany)
2005 International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen (Germany)
2006 CinemaEast Film Festival, New York (USA)
2007 52nd Venice Biennale (Italy)
2019 Dar el Nimer, Beirut (Lebanon)
Welcome to Beirut
2005, 46’, with Et Alors Productions, Paris (France)
2005 Cultural Forum Ashkal Alwan, Beyrouth (Lebanon)
2006 15th Festival du Film Court, Pantin (France)
2006 9th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey)
2006 28th International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, Montpellier (France)
2006 Arte Mare Festival, Bastia (France)
2007 Medfilm Festival, Roma (Italy)
2019 Galerie Tanit, Beirut (Lebanon)
Civil war
2012, 19’, DKB Productions, Paris (France)
Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgium)

Re :Visiting Tarab
2013, 85’, DKB Productions, Paris (France)
2014 Sharjah March Meeting (UAE)

The river
2016, 53', Fuad Kurani & Shirin Abali Productions (Lebanon)

On War and Love
2018-2019, 19', Institut des Cultures de l'Islam, Paris (France)
2019 Institut des Cultures de l'Islam (France)

Nothing to lose
2018-2019, 18', Fuad Kurani & Shirin Abali Productions (Lebanon)
2019 Dar el Nimer, Beirut (Lebanon)

Lettres à Huguette
2021, 49'
2021 Drawing Center, New-York (USA)

Public collections

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (France)
FNAC, Paris (France)
Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris (France)
LenbachHaus, Munich (Germany)
Solidere, Beirut (Lebanon)
Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
Momus, Thessaloniki, (Greece)
Saradar Collection (Lebanon)
Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE)
Musée français de la Photographie, Bièvres (France)
Maxxi, Roma (Italy)
Tate Modern, London (UK)
Aïshti Foundation, (Lebanon)