Capturing Beirut’s Nightlife

ARC 502, Byblos campus

The Department of Art & Design is hosting a lecture titled: “Capturing Beirut’s Nightlife” by Gregory Buchakjian.

Since the early 20th century, Beirut has acquired a reputation of being a nightlife destination. Photography has been and still is a privileged witness of these legendary parties. Who are the photographers? What does their lens capture? What are the uses of these pictures? Based on archive research and personal experience, this talk will explore these practices through the evolution of social and political context as well as the growth of technology.

Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian, photographer, and assistant professor at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). His research evolves around Beirut and its recent history. He is Ph.D. graduate at Université Paris IV Sorbonne for a dissertation entitled: “Abandoned Dwellings in Beirut. Wars and Transformation of the Urban Space. 1860-2015”.