Published by Damiani Editore
Introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor
Essay by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver
Afterward by Kristen GreshEstrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Official release February 2016
Pre-release Paris Photo, November 2015

Hardcover | 10 x 12.5 inches | 152 pages | color photographs

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“From our first meeting I sensed a kindred spirit in Rania Matar. We are both women of two worlds, striving to bridge the divides between cultures, both passionate about the rights of women and those who are disempowered. She grew up in Beirut and moved to America in the wake of civil war. I am Arab-American by birth, raised and educated in a Judeo-Christian society before leaving to work in the Middle East. I embraced Islam shortly before marrying a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, HM King Hussein of Jordan. Rania and I are two among millions for whom Western and Middle Eastern cultures are not mutually exclusive worldviews destined for confrontation. Rather, they combine to shape who we are and what we believe.

All this is exemplified in the beautiful and sensitive images in Rania’s stunning book, L’Enfant-Femme. These moving photographs evoke a fundamental sense of cross-cultural understanding. Matar strips away the confines of societal labels from both herself and the girls she photographs. She exposes the boundaries of American and Arab cultures in order to reconcile them. They are not simply American; they are not simply Arab; neither are they simply Muslim, Christian, nor Jewish. These girls are simply girls – but much more besides. These are images of girls at the point where they are beginning to become women – a powerful combination of youth, womanhood and beauty.”

– excerpt from the Introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor

Special thanks to book designer, Jesse Holborn of Design Holborn, for the photos of the book.

Reviews & Press for L’Enfant-Femme

Story & Technique: L’Enfant-Femme

By Jim Cornfield
Rangefinder Magazine

Images of girls on the road to womanhood

By Joanne Ciccarello
Photo Books: Staff Picks, The Christian Science Monitor Weekly

L’Enfant-Femme by Rania Matar

By Holly Stuart Hughes

Rania Matar and The Mass Psychosis of Childhood

Review by Colin Pantall
Colin Pantall's Blog

Rania Matar – L’Enfant-Femme

By Douglas Stockdale
The PhotoBook

L’Enfant Dans L’Amour

By Suzanne Révy
What Will You Remember

Carte Rania Matar: L’Enfant Femme


Rania Matar, L’Enfant Femme by Damiani

L'Oeil de la Photographie

Rania Matar : passions suspendues

By Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret
Salon littéraire

Portraits of girls on the cusp of teendom

Book review and interview by Michael-Oliver Harding

Rania Matar Captures the Universal Awkwardness of Coming of Age

Book review and interview with Emily Manning
i-D magazine


Issue Magazine

The most inspiring and surprising images you’ll see this week

By Char Jansen
Viewfinder, The Daily Telegraph


By Alexander Strecker

Little women: photographing tweens from Boston to Beirut

By Paula Cocozza
The Guardian
Additional information
Weight 70 oz
Dimensions 10.5 × 13 × 1 in

L'Enfant-Femme, Special Edition with 'Clara', Special Edition with 'Maryam', Special Edition with 'Alia'

Other Books by Rania Matar

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Released October 2021

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Released September 2009

For Exhibitions, Licensing and Creative Collaborations, contact Rania directly: 617-538-2256 | rania@raniamatar.com

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