By Katy Cowan
Remember the unfair old saying, “It’s like Beirut on a bad day”? Well that’s not the case when you see the city today, which has been rebuilt and modernised since the end of the Lebanese Civil War. Full of creativity and a thriving community of artists, designers and photographers, the capital is a beautiful, modern metropolis with contemporary architecture and tall skyscrapers, bursting with colour and gleaming in the sunlight.
Serge Najjar was born in Beirut and is a practicing lawyer there. In his spare time, he loves to photograph his home city, focusing on “what brought order to chaotic Beirut and what brings the ordinary closer to art”. Playing with shadow and light – often with a lone person moving through each frame – his incredible geometric, minimalist images are then shared on Instagram where he has over 75,000 followers.
Represented by Galerie Tanit in Munich, Serge’s pictures “place the viewer within a world where reality and fantasy meet. They capture the passing of time, or a space where the transient disposition of man would inhabit ideal radical constructions. Motionless variations on a theme, the photographs engage in a dialogue, complete each other or not, but always create a singular space that is inhabited by the onlooker within the space they are presented in.”
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Serge Najjar