Sarkissian uses photography as a way to tell stories that are not immediately visible on the surface.

Background is a series of photographs, documenting studio backgrounds and settings in six cities of the Middle East: Amman, Beirut, Byblos, Istanbul, Cairo and Alexandria. The idea for this project arose from a single photograph of a plain grey backdrop in my father’s studio in Damascus, and coincided with a broader disappearance of a particular type of backdrop from commercial studios across the region. This disappearance seemed to me to index the end of an era in the history of photography in the region.

From the series Background, Alexandria, 2012.
Alexandria, 2012.
From the series Background, Amman, 2012.
Amman, 2012.
From the series Background, Beirut, 2012.
Beirut, 2012.
From the series Background, Cairo, 2012.
Cairo, 2012.
From the series Background, Istanbul, 2012.
Istanbul, 2012.
Sarkissian uses photography as a way to tell stories that are not immediately visible on the surface.

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