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It's Photomed Liban, the annual photography festival that usually runs from around mid-January to mid-February.A franchise of the Photomed festival held in southern France's Sanary-sur-Mer, the Beirut event has showcased the work of local and international photographers, with a Mediterranean focus, in a variety of venues across the city over the past four years.The festival was not the only way to see photography in Lebanon, of course, with a number of Beirut venues and galleries showing photography during the year.Tanya Traboulsi, an Austrian-born Lebanese photographer whose work has been exhibited in France and Lebanon, expressed her disappointment that Photomed Liban was not going ahead.Araz Boutchakjian, a nonprofessional photographer from Zahle, spoke positively about her experience taking part in the portfolio reviews at the 2017 festival, as well as meeting festival organizers and peers.The venue's director, Nabil Canaan, noted the festival's high quality and the variety of work that its different curators brought to Beirut over the years.Photomed Liban's Akl also expressed hope that this might not be the end for a festival in Lebanon with a photography focus.
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