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Joe Ghanem has won the 2017 edition of the Byblos Bank Award for Photography.Titled "Witnesses of Time," Ghanem's seven-photo portrait series documents elderly people living in Lebanon, in the intimacy of their homes and daily lives.Wanting to shed light on the plight on the elderly who are sometimes overlooked by society, Ghanem visited a different region of the country for each photo, searching out the oldest person in the area to photograph.Over the summer, Ghanem took part in a workshop Byblos Bank offered to all current and previous BBAP contestants, with French photographer and artist Aurelie Petrel. She chose to mentor Ghanem and 2015 finalist Yara Bsaibes.Ghanem's untitled nine-photo series in "Junctions" documents the craft of loom weaving and tailoring in Lebanon. Some of his photos had actual thread sewn into the prints, while others involved physically weaving two prints together. Ghanem is currently studying at Notre-Dame University – Louaize, where he's in in the final year of his photography studies.
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