About Rania Matar

About

Artist Biography

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon's refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She now teaches Personal Documentary Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and regularly offers talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad. She is currently a visiting artist and critic at the University of South Florida.

Matar's work focuses on girls and women. She documents her life through the lives of those around her, focusing on the personal and the mundane in an attempt to portray the universal within the personal. Her work has won several awards, has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide.

Matar has published three books:

  • L'Enfant-Femme, 2016, with an introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor, and essays by Lois Lowry and Kristen Gresh
  • A Girl and Her Room, 2012, essays by Anne Tucker and Susan Minot, selected best photo book of the year by PDN, Photo-Eye, British Journal of Photography, Feature Shoot and L'Oeil de la Photographie
  • Ordinary Lives, 2009, essay by Anthony Shadid, selected a best photo book of the year by Photo-Eye

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Rania Matar

photo by Dominic Chavez

Collections

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