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A 20-year anniversary can fly under the radar as an organization gets on with the job.Somewhat more than half the collection is from Lebanon.Cottard and director Marc Mouarkech have been at the foundation's helm since February. Cottard, who moved to Beirut from Paris six years ago, specializes in 19th-century automatic photographic processes, and has worked closely on the Fouad Debbas Collection – 19th- and 20th-century images from the Middle East, now housed in the Sursock Museum.The AIF wants the archive to engage with a wider community than artists and photographers.Cottard wants to reopen the archive to a wider public, while providing greater access to researchers.AIF collections have also been showcased in international exhibitions.The show features work from the foundation's Mohsen Yammine collection.
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