Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon, and studied at the AUB and Cornell University. She studied photography at the New England School of Photography and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Mexico with Magnum photographer Constantine Manos.
She travels widely in the Middle East photographs street scenes in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, and focuses mainly on women and children in the Middle East, and her recent projects give a voice to people who have been forgotten or misunderstood. Her work has won several awards, and has been published and exhibited widely in the United States and internationally.
I was particularly moved by her Women of Islam photographs because, as she writes in her biography, it gives a voice to those who are misunderstood.
Rania Mattar's Women of Islam