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A Sentimental Dedication

Akram Zaatari

by HG Masters

SAIDA JUNE 6, 1982, 2006–09, composite photograph, C-print, 92 x 190 cm. 

All images courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

Where were you on June 6, 1982? Akram Zaatari remembers exactly; he has pictures. He was standing on the balcony of his family's apartment building in Saida, Lebanon, when Israeli warplanes shrieked overhead and began dropping bombs on the towns of Southern Lebanon. Zaatari was armed too-with his camera. Which the 16-year-old boy aimed at the hills. Click, click, click.

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