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Michelle L. Woodward

Michelle L. Woodward

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Profession: photo editor, photog
Location: Beirut , Lebanon
Home base: Beirut, Lebanon
URL: http://www.mwoodward.com
URL: http://www.merip.org
Email: •••••••• (private)
Organization: Middle East Report, pub by MERIP - Middle East Research and Information Project
Journal: http://www.photobeirut.typepad.com
Last login: 10 months ago
Member since: 27 Apr 2006 15:04


Since 2003 I’ve been photo editor of Middle East Report, a quarterly magazine published by the non-profit organization MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project) in Washington, DC. Established in 1971,the magazine provides in-depth reporting and independent analysis of the politics, society and economy of the region. We are also committed to presenting excellent photography that reveals the complexity of the region and goes beyond the mainstream cliches.

I am also an occasional photographer, mainly working on personal projects documenting industrial ruins in the US and the texture of city life in the Middle East. I was a stringer for AFP in Amman for about a year in the late 1990s, which was interesting but confirmed my feeling that the conventions of that kind of photojournalism are not right for me. I have done other journalistic work in the West Bank and Jerusalem when I lived there in the early ’90s and have traveled quite a bit in the region since 1989, later selling the use of my photos to travel guidebooks and various others.

I also have an intellectual interest in historical photography of the Middle East and the practice of photojournalism, both of which I write about for academic publications and conferences.

I’ve also been teaching “Developing a Photographer’s Eye” online at The Compelling Image (www.thecompellingimage.com/) and was teaching in person in Baltimore through Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey: Liberal Arts Programs for Adults (odyssey.jhu.edu).



Michelle L. Woodward. pp. 6-20, Summer 2007. "Photographic Style and the Depiction of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Since 1948" Jerusalem Quarterly , pp. 6-20. Summer 2007.
Michelle L. Woodward. pp. pp. 64-77, Jun 2007. "Walls of Beirut" Sowar , pp. pp. 64-77. Jun 2007.
Michelle L. Woodward. Middle East Report , pp. 40-41 (A review of photography books on Palestine), Fall 2006. "Not All Black and White" Middle East Report , pp. 40-41 (A review of photography books on Palestine). Fall 2006.


Recent Post

Looking for recent photos of Iraq

Dear all,

I am looking for photos of Iraq for the next issue of the quarterly magazine Middle East Report(www.merip.org).

If you have photos of Iraq from the beginning of the American withdrawal in 2009 until now and you are interested in licensing them, please contact me at mwoodward(at)merip.org. More specific subjects are listed below.

Do not send high-res photos, only low-res samples, please.

My deadline is March 15, 2013.

Thank you.

Best regards,

- US super-embassy
- US troops training Iraqis
- Joint patrols
- US installations now being used by Iraqis
- Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria
- Iraqis fleeing Syria
- Syrian refugees in Iraq
- anything about Baghdad being the Arab Cultural Capital of 2013
- Electricity supply – fixing electrical plants, tapping into power lines illegally, big generators

10 Mar 2013 13:03 | 0 replies


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