Beirut, faces in a broken city (work in progress)

2020 - 2021

A huge explosion in the port of Beirut on the 4th of August turned a big part of the city into a war zone.

No bombs, but 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate caused a disaster with more than 200 deads, 6500 wounded and 300.000 homeless people.

The blast was the last drop for so many Lebanese who were already trying to deal with an economic crisis, caused by a corrupt government plus a worldwide pandemic that hit them even harder. The last explosion made the country and their inhabitans collapse.

In the first days after the distaster I photographed people in the streets of the neighborhoods Gemayze, Mar Mikhael and Karantina that were hurt the most. 

Lebanese who tried to clear away the broken glass and their broken lifes. Portraits of a broken city.

End of september I came back to make another round of portraits in the same streets. Still broken glass everywhere, but some light too. Yogamats and builders.

This series was shot on medium format film with a Yashica D camera; Kodak Portra 160 and 400.
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