- This digital contact sheet reflects a half a roll of photographs taken by Studio Photo Jack (1945-1997) in Tripoli, Lebanon. The photographers worked on reportage photography, a form of commercial photography practiced outside the Studio and covering various social, cultural and religious occasions. Their main photography style was called “Photo Surprise", which is a practice that was common in the Middle East between the 1940s and 1960s. They walked the public square of Tal in Tripoli photographing pedestrians - some posing and others caught candidly in their stride. They then invited their subjects to return to the studio to purchase and collect their photographs. A film roll with intimate snapshots of a family seen in sequence gives the impression of constant movement around the Tal. Images of officials and public figures are intercepted by images of baptisms, funerals, birthdays, and parties; adding a strange familiarity to the Tal and the faces of the people walking around.
- Resource Type:
- still image
- Photo Jack
The Photo Surprise Archive of Photo Jack
Modern Endangered Archives Program
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