Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 Editorial / Photo Essay

Phoenician Collapse

  • Photographer
    Diego Ibarra Sanchez
  • Agency / Studio
    Freelance Photographer
  • Technical Info
    Canon Mark Iv, Manual.
  • Photo Date

Lebanon sails adrift in history at the shores of the Marenostrum facing the twilight of the ancient empire of Phoenicia. The country has replaced sandbags (civil war, 1975-1990) with disinfectants while the country is straddling with unfolding financial and existential crisis. Decades of corruption and financial mismanagement by warlords-turned-politicians and a cabal of business elites combined with the war next door in Syria to plunge Lebanon's economy into its worst crisis in living memory.

Diego Ibarra Sánchez is a documentary photographer, based in Lebanon. Diego assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images in our own society, defining this historical moment as «lobotomized era of “tourism” on the other’s pain»: in his work he endeavors to ensure that photography is no longer merely a window allowing a view on what happens in the world, but becomes a means to raise questions and generate reflections. Diego is very self-motivated, working on his own body of works while publishing many of his stories in numerous newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times