iLibya: Libya's Growing Pains

Daily life in Libya after the Revolution

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ben Lowy

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November 16, 2012

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MotherJones

Ben Lowy’s iLibya was featured in MotherJones as part of the MotherJones-Magnum foundation partnership. His work in Libya using an iPhone examines the scars and new hopes of the revolution-torn nation.

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August 7, 2012

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“An Arab Spring Success Story?”, Newsweek

Emergency Fund photographer Ben Lowy was featured in Newsweek print edition on July 23 & 30, 2012. Christopher Dickey penned the article “An Arab Spring Success Story?” examining Libya’s new leadership and oil market.

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July 26, 2012

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Tripoli, Libya I July 24, 2012

During the early morning ours after breaking their Ramadan fast, young Libyan men gather at a Tripoli pier to drift and drag race their cars. In typical Libyan fashion, the over-the-top dragging display destroys the vehicles in favor of reckless showmanship. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)

Conflict photographer Ben Lowy, on a grant from the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, has spent the last two weeks shooting from Libya on a photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard’s interview with the photographer.

July 26, 2012

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Gharyan, Libya | July 23, 2012 In a dusty detention center, Illegal migrants from Niger wait to be processed and receive travel papers, enabling them to be repatriated via a UN chartered plane. Libyan authorities have been increasing hostile to African migrants and the threat of deportation includes transportation via a truck through the blisteringly hot Sahara. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #tripoli #migrants #african #detention (Taken with Instagram)

July 26, 2012

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Gharyan, Libya | July 23, 2012 

Illegal migrants from Nigeria, held at a Libyan detention center, wait to be processed and receive travel papers, enabling them to be repatriated via a UN chartered plane. Libyan authorities have been increasingly hostile to African migrants and the threat of deportation includes transportation via a truck through the blisteringly hot Sahara desert. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)

Conflict photographer Ben Lowy, on a grant from the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, is shooting from Libya on the first-ever photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard for more. Also see Storyboard’s interview with the photographer.

July 26, 2012

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Tripoli, Libya | July 19, 2012

Libyans peruse the wares at a market in the Medina of Tripoli’s Old City. The Libyan economy has not made a complete recovery since last year’s Arab Spring uprising and many Libyans remain without money or jobs. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)

For the next week, conflict photographerBen Lowy, on a grant from theMagnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, will be shooting from Libya on the first-ever photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard for more.

July 26, 2012

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Wired

In lieu of the heated iPhone/Instagram debates, Wired magazine published an article entitled “Stop Arguing About Instagram and Go Make a Picture.” Ben Lowy, 2012 Emergency Fund photographer, has found himself in the middle of the debate with his current iPhone project in Libya. Here’s what Wired had to say about Lowy and iPhone photography, and we agree.

Ben Lowy, a photographer we have great respect for, started publishing his iPhone photos from Libya (shot with his very own Hipstamatic lens) on Storyboard.

iPhone photography is here to stay. And not only that. Photographers like Mangin and Lowy are proving, in real time, that this kind of photography has value and contributes to the richness of the contemporary photographic world. 

July 18, 2012

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Storyboard, iLibya

For the next week, EF 2012 photographer Ben Lowy will be providing Storyboard with exclusive images from his hipstamatic lens from his project iLibya.

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Capturing Libya: Through a Hipstamatic Lens

To photojournalism purists, it was pure blasphemy: a prestigious prize, third place for photo of the year, granted to a New York Times photographer who’d used not a 35mm to document U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but simply, his iPhone — and an app called Hipstamatic. Immediately, traditionalists went berserk: “What we knew as photojournalism at its purest form is over,” one photojournalist lamented. Using Hipstamatic in a news report, another commentator proclaimed, was “cheating us all.”

And yet, to Ben Lowy, a conflict photographer who has made a career out of a certain brand of iPhonography — and will debut the first ever photojournalism-inspired Hipstamatic lens with his namesake later this year — the award was a well-needed wake-up call for photojournalism fundamentalists. Last February, Lowy set out to capture the uprising in Libya from his iPhone (alongside millions of protesters who’d document the Arab Spring on their mobile devices) in photos that would fuel reporting from the region in outlets around the globe. In October, Lowy’s Hipstamatic images of everyday life in wartime Kabul were published in the New York Times Magazine, prompting the magazine’s photo editor, Kathy Ryan, to defend their use on the paper’s 6th Floor blog. And since then, Lowy has published an iPhone photo a day — from dramatic images of war to mundane life in Brooklyn — on his Tumblr, captured under the title, iSee.

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July 17, 2012

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Misrata, Libya | July 17, 2012 Zakaria Muhammad, 28 was gravely wounded in April 2011. A howitzer round fired by the infamous Khamis Brigade took his leg, arm, part of his hand, and left him with a brain injury. The same attack killed his mother, his sister, and his niece. “I will always feel the pain… My whole family is dead, but when I entered the war it was for all of Libya… So that [my family’s] death is not in vain, I hope for reconciliation. [I] want it, [I] need it.” #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #misrata #injury (Taken with Instagram)

July 17, 2012

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Sirte, Libya | July 16, 2012 Libyan residents of the city of Sirte walk through the ravaged remains of mortared and bullet riddled buildings. The city is home to a large population of Gaddafi’s tribe and still supports the dead dictator. They feel that no reconciliation is possible while they are policed by the Misrata militia and Islamist brigades. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #sirte (Taken with Instagram)

July 17, 2012

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Bir Dufan, Libya | July 15, 2012 Miftah Ghzert, an officer with the Libyan Supreme Security Council, though primarily owing allegiance to the city of Misrata, mans a checkpoint on the road leading to the last enclave of Gaddafi loyalists in Bani Walid. Libyan roads are now riddled with militia and police checkpoints, ostensibly for national security, though many are controlled by competing militias and groups of former revolutionaries. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Misrata #baniwalid #birdufan (Taken with Instagram)

July 17, 2012

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Zintan, Libya | July 14, 2012 Omar, 26, sits in the car he drove to the front lines during last year’s Libyan uprising. He refuses to fix his windshield “the sniper’s round went past my head… This car took care of me, so I can’t change it.” But more than anything the windshield is a constant reminder to Omar of the life he took and the friends he lost. “The first time I killed … It was him or me. For three days after I cried and mumbled and thought I went crazy. ” #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Zintan (Taken with Instagram)

July 17, 2012

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Zuwarah, Libya | July 13, 2012 Young Libyan men relax in a car outside an abandoned refinery abutting the sea. Many young men escape to swimming holes and secluded spots to relax away from the post revolutionary chaos of Tripoli. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #zuwarah #refinery (Taken with Instagram)

July 12, 2012

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Tripoli, Libya | July 12, 2012 Outside the Tripoli central post office. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya (Taken with Instagram)

July 11, 2012

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Tripoli, Libya | July 11, 2012 A mentally disabled Libyan man sits and talks to himself outside the walls of the ancient old city. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #tripoli (Taken with Instagram)

July 9, 2012

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Benghazi, Libya | July 9, 2012 Eritrean and Somali migrants congregate in an IDP camp that the Libyan authorities have sequestered them into. Many complain about their living conditions and security from armed Libyan militias. They are virtual prisoners within the camp. “Ramadan won’t be hard,” said one Somali man, “we are already starving.” #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #Libya #somali #eritrean #migrants #idp (Taken with Instagram)

July 9, 2012

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Bengazi, Libya | July 6, 2012 Protesters supporting a federalist rather than parliamentary Libyan government converge at a busy roundabout in Bengazi to denounce the July 7th Libyan elections. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Bengazi #elections #libyanelections #politics #protest (Taken with Instagram)

July 8, 2012

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Shehhat, Libya | July 8, 2012 In the ancient ruins of the Greek colony of Cyrene, a young girl named Libya is held by her father. Libya was born in Bengazi on the day NATO began its bombing campaign to protect civilians from pro-Gaddafi forces on March 19, 2011. #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Shehhat #cyrene #baby (Taken with Instagram)

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