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At Wednesday's news conference announcing the launch of the second edition of the Lebanese iteration of French annual photography festival Photomed, much was made of Beirut's vibrant cultural scene.A wider selection of Italian photography can be found over at the Beirut Souks' Beige Gallery, where two group exhibitions are curated by Alessandra Mauro.Plosso's photographs take viewers on a tour of the rugged Aeolian islands of the Italian coast, shot in moody black-and-white.Japanese photographer Keiichi Tahara is exhibiting a series of dramatic, colorful photographs focusing on the baroque cherubs found in Croatian and Serbian churches at the Beirut Souks' Information Center, alongside work by a pair of Spanish photographers, Angel Albarran and Anna Cabrera. Also exhibiting in the Beirut Souks, at the Black Gallery, is Beirut-based Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. At the 169 Gallery nearby, Beirut's Oriental Library is opening up its archives to the public in two exhibitions featuring photographs from the 19th and early 20th century, "Oriental Portraits" and "Voyages to the East".
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