Michelle Woodward has been involved with photography for over 20 years as a photographer, writer, picture researcher, and photo editor. She received a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Comparative Media Studies. She is the photo editor of Middle East Report, published by MERIP, and editor of the Photography Page on the e-zine Jadaliyya. She has lived, worked, and traveled for many years in the Middle East and now resides in Beirut, Lebanon.
Among her publications are “After the Decisive Moment: Moving Beyond Photojournalism’s High Risk Mode,” in Film and Risk, edited by Mette Hjort (Wayne State University Press, 2012), “Creating Memory and History: The Role of Archival Practices in Lebanon and Palestine,” Photographies Volume 2, Issue 1, (March 2009), pp. 21-35, “Photographic Style and the Depiction of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Jerusalem Quarterly Issue 31 (Summer 2007), and “Between Orientalist Clichés and Images of Modernization: Photographic Practice in the Late Ottoman Era,” History of Photography Vol. 27, No. 4 (Winter 2003).
Patrick Godeau is a French photographer with three decades of experience in the Middle East, Europe, and West Africa. His work has focused on documenting monument restoration and conservation, architecture, and art. He also has a repertoire of nature photography, including flora and fauna and desert landscapes, as well as industrial and humanitarian photography. Godeau’s work has been published in museum catalogs, art books, and travel guides.
Throughout his career, Godeau has been based in Egypt, Syria, Italy, Senegal, and France. He currently lives in Cairo, where he is documenting monument conservation and specializing in landscape panoramics. While living in the Middle East, Godeau has amassed a collection of early twentieth century landscape photographs and portraits from Egypt and Syria.
Omar Foda is a historian of the modern Middle East. His work tells the stories of things that appear inconsequential, frivolous, or foreign to provide a unique view on the region. He has published work in Arab Media and Society, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Social Sciences and Missions and in several volumes including, The Birth of the Arab Citizen and the Changing of the Middle East.
He is currently working on his monograph Grand Plans in Glass Bottles: Making, Drinking, and Selling Beer in a Changing Egypt 1880-Present. It argues that the history of Egypt’s beer, Stella, provides a new way to understand the radical changes that have happened to the country in the last century and a half.
He received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania.