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  1. Jan 29

    Iran

    Traveling in the Islamic Republic of Iran was one of my most personal journeys and is in the second chapter of my book. You probably want to know: why would an American woman with all the freedom in the world want to subject herself to so much time in the…

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  2. Dec 19

    The Palestinians

    Palestinian girl holding a dove on the roof of her home in the Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza. My book Windows of the Soul is divided into six chapters/locations. I decided it was better to go into depth in a few places than to skip superficially through twenty countries. So,…

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  3. Nov 22

    Being a Woman Photographer: An Important Part of the Journey

    The Holy Shrine of Hazrat Fatemah Ma'soomeh It is Foto Week here in Washington, D.C., and I've been busy going to exhibitions, events. I also helped hang a photo exhibit I'm part of which was the kick-off event of the week, by Contact Press Images, the photo agency I belong…

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  4. Nov 11

    Washington, D.C.

    Before wrapping up the personal intro section of my book by jumping into the subject of being a woman photojournalist in the world at large and in the Muslim world, I'd like to post some of my pix from U ST. NW in Washington D.C. the night President-elect Barack Obama…

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  5. Nov 04

    Tough Situations in Difficult Countries

    Continuing to chat about the personal introduction chapter, the other thing that drew me to cover tough situations in difficult countries undergoing change was that like many American immigrants the Armenian side of my family had experienced some rather challenging events before coming to the United States. My family had…

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  6. Oct 28

    Born Into Art

    Now I'll move on to the personal intro of the book, but these photos are not in it. This is a self-portrait of my dad in the New York City subway at Penn Station, taken in the 1950s before I was born. He was a photographer and TV editor then;…

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  7. Oct 17

    Egypt

    I’ve been to Egypt several times, snorkeling in the Red Sea, sailing the Nile down to Luxor and Aswan, visiting the lake at Fayyoum, the Pyramids, and Cairo. The women in this picture from the photo essay at the front of the book were waiting for a bus in Cairo.…

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  8. Oct 16

    Iraq

    Though based in Moscow, I traveled widely in Iraq after the first Gulf War and returned in 1999 to cover Iraq’s problem with looted archaeology. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was a difficult, miserable, fear-soaked universe crawling with informants. People could not even trust family members, much less neighbors. A child might…

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