Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Maria Zoghbi sees layers of history at the Phoenicia PHAP exhibition

So yesterday was the opening of the Phoenicia Hotel Art Photo exhibition (PHAP for short!) and whereas incredible contenders were there, I was instantly drawn to the photo by Maria Zoghbi simply because Phoenicia is a place so entrenched with history it would be a crime not to go back to its roots and juxtapose them with the grandeur that carries on till today. Which is exactly what Zoghbi did with a photo of the pool but also injected the "Sous La Mer" pub underneath it.
Here is how PHAP works: One photographer per month is invited to the Phoenicia Hotel to produce one Art Photo during a one-night stay. An annual exhibition, displaying all 12 Art Photos, will be held at the end of the year. A judging panel will announce the winner for the year at the launch of the exhibition.
This year's crop was turly interesting, but with apologies to other photographers, to me it was Miss Zoghbi who took the mantle.
As a nice reminder her is the Sous La Mer logo: