Seeing Children: A Photographer's View from the Arab World / ﻣﺸﺎﻫﺪﺓ ﺍﻷﻃﻔﺎﻝ: ﺭﺅﻳﺔ ﻣﺼﻮﺭ ﻣﻦ ﺩﺍﺧﻞ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ


Thomas Hartwell



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Hartwell, Thomas; ﻫﺎﺭﺗﻮﻳﻞ, ﺗﻮﻣﺎﺱ

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Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

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[In this testimonial essay, the author introduces some of the children he has encountered while covering events in the Arab World for over twenty-seven years. It is a personal account with illustrations from Palestine, Algeria, Iraq, and Egypt. Looking beyond stereotypical images, and behind the scenes, the author creates a dialogue of text and photographs on the role and insights children have on current events he has witnessed. For the photographer, capturing images of children's daily life often provided a larger context for a story he was conveying. Photos and their narratives are shared as personal mementoes from his extended "family" album. ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺸﻬﺎﺩﺓ، ﻳﻌﺮّﻓﻨﺎ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺗﺐ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺑﻌﺾ ﺍﻷﻃﻔﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﻗﺎﺑﻠﻬﻢ ﺃﺛﻨﺎﺀ ﺗﻐﻄﻴﺘﻪ ﻷﺣﺪﺍﺙ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺪﻯ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻣﻦ ﺳﺒﻌﺔ ﻭﻋﺸﺮﻳﻦ ﻋﺎﻣﺎ،ﹰ ﻣﻘﺪﻣﺎﹰ ﺭﺅﻳﺔ ﺷﺨﺼﻴﺔ ﻣﺼﻮﱠﺭﺓ ﻣﻦ ﻓﻠﺴﻄﻴﻦ ﻭﺍﻟﺠﺰﺍﺋﺮ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﺮﺍﻕ ﻭﻣﺼﺮ٠ ﺤﺎﻭﻻﹰ ﺗﺠﺎﻭﺯ ﺍﻟﺼﻮﺭ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻄﻴﺔ ﻟﻴﺼﻞ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻋﻤﻖ ﺍﻟﺤﺪﺙ٠ ﻳﻘﺪﻡ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺗﺐ ﺣﻮﺍﺭﺍﹰ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﺺ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻮﺭ ﻋﻦ ﺩﻭﺭ ﺍﻷﻃﻔﺎﻝ ﻭﺑﺼﻴﺮﺗﻬﻢ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﻓﺬﺓ ﻓﻴﻤﺎ ﻳﺘﻌﻠﻖ ﺑﺎﻷﺣﺪﺍﺙ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻋﺎﻳﺸﻬﺎ٠ ﻭﻣﻦ ﻭﺟﻬﺔ ﻧﻈﺮ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﻮﺭ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺗﺼﻮﻳﺮ ﺍﻷﻃﻔﺎﻝ ﻓﻲ ﺣﻴﺎﺗﻬﻢ ﺍﻟﻴﻮﻣﻴﺔ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﻤﻨﺤﻪ، ﻋﺎﺩﺓﹰ، ﺳﻴﺎﻗﺎﹰ أﻭﺳﻊ ﻟﻸﺣﺪﺍﺙ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﻘﻮﻡ ﺑﺘﻐﻄﻴﺘﻬﺎ٠ ﻳﺸﺎﺭﻛﻨﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﻮﺭ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺼﻮﺭ، ﻭﺣﻜﺎﻳﺎﺕ ﺃﺻﺤﺎﺑﻬﺎ، ﻛﺘﺬﻛﺎﺭ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻟﺒﻮﻡ ﺻﻮﺭ ﻋﺎﺋﻠﺘﻪ ﺍﻟﻤﺠﺎﺯﻳﺔ٠]

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