A Lebanese Photographer Takes Cross-Cultural Portraits of Girls on the Brink of Womanhood
Image rights: Rania Matar
I had photographed pre-pubescent girls for the past few years in a project titled L’Enfant-Femme. This past year, as I started working on a new body of work photographing middle school kids, I photographed again some of the girls I had photographed three years earlier - both in the United States and in the Middle East. While they were 8 to 11 the first time I had photographed them, they were now 10 to 14 and they were very different. From there emerged this new side photography project, following a few girls into puberty through the teenage years and hopefully young adulthood. I found it very interesting to simultaneously see the individuality of each of those girls as they develop their own identities and grow up, but also the universality of being a girl undergoing those natural transformations. Subtle changes in body language, hand gestures, feet positions and attitude are the focus of these photographs.
Lebanese, b. 1964, Beirut, Lebanon, based in Massachusetts, United States