Artist tells the story of Beirut with pictures of 700 vacant houses

Over the past ten years, Lebanese photographer Gregory Buchakjian has collected hundreds of pictures of destroyed buildings in Beirut

Gregory Buchakjian has just published a book that tells the history of the Lebanese capital from the 19th century to the present day by looking at photos of 700 empty buildings. Stories include the bloody civil war, waged from 1975 to 1990, but also lesser-known episodes. Some buildings were used as shelters or military headquarters. Others have collapsed under constant gunfire in recent decades.

The book 'Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut' was released on November 29. Simultaneously, Buchakjian - a Lebanese art historian - inaugurated a photo exhibition at Sursock museum (Beirut) and released a short film on the subject.

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