Join us for a daylong discussion that explores contemporary photography in Iran and the Arab world. Estrellita Karsh introduces distinguished speaker Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, followed by a day of conversations with some of the region’s outstanding women photographers. Their work, on view in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story,” continues to gain recognition internationally and ranges from engaging contemporary portraiture to new documentary.

Hear from the artists themselves, who come from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Yemen. These photographers share insights into their powerful, provocative works and speak about their backgrounds, experiences, and their approach to photography in the dynamic, fast-changing worlds they have documented.

End this remarkable day by exploring the exhibition and speaking with the artists about their work.


Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
Kristen Gresh,
Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs
Jananne Al-Ani
Boushra Almutawakel
Gohar Dashti
Rana El Nemr
Shadi Ghadirian
Rula Halawani
Rania Matar
Newsha Tavakolian


Signed copies of the exhibition catalogue available in the Bookstore. Find out more about the exhibition catalogue here.


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Above, a detail from Gohar Dashti’s Untitled #5, from the series “Today’s Life and War” (2008).