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Rania Matar is one of twelve candidates shortlisted for the 43rd edition of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2023 (LOBA) for her series, “Fifty Years Later.”  The LOBA has long been counted among the most prestigious and highly endowed photo prizes in the world. 

Every year a global group of nominators made up of curators, gallery owners, art directors and picture editors each put forward up to three photographers from around the world. All photographs nominated must be of a documentary or conceptual-artistic nature, and deal with the relationship of humanity to the environment. This humanistic constant has been a feature of the LOBA competition, since its inception in 1979. That was the year in which Oskar Barnack, the developer of the Ur-Leica camera and whose name is given to the competition, would have been 100 years old. 

Rania Matar’s short-listed series, “Fifty Years Later” looks at how  Lebanon is still suffering from the consequences of the civil war that began fifty years ago.  Following brutal clashes, corrupt governments, and months of lockdown during the Covid pandemic, the explosions in the Port of Beirut in 2020 plunged the country even deeper into the abyss.
Where Do I Go? Rania’s winning project explores issues of personal and collective identity through female adolescence and womanhood. A gripping and beautifully-shot examination of subjectivity and the female gaze, Matar portrays the raw beauty of her subjects: their age, individuality, physicality, and mystery, photographing them the way she, a woman and a mother, sees them, beautiful and alive.

Born in Lebanon in 1964, the American / Lebanese photographer dedicates her series to the women of the country: images capturing their presence, creativity, strength, dignity, and resilience are representative of the hopes, dreams, and fears of a whole generation.

For more information on Rania Matar you can visit her website here.

Or follow her on Instagram @raniamatar

You can see more of her available works over on the East Wing Artsy Page.


Rania Matar is represented by East Wing.