Patrick Baz – Impromptu

Impromptu - 2005

A Lebanese woman smokes a water pipe, locally known as narguileh, next to the swimming pool of Beirut’s landmark Saint-Georges hotel (background) 05 June 2005. Lebanon’s former premier Rafiq Hariri was assassinated in a massive car bomb explosion outside the hotel on February 14. The hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean, had been badly damaged during the famous ‘hotels battle’ in 1976 at the start of the Lebanese civil war and was still under reconstruction. Only the pool area has been refurbished and open to the public.

Patrick Baz (b. 1963, Beirut) Patrick Baz is French-Lebanese photojournalist, born in Beirut in 1963. He was twelve when war broke out in Lebanon in 1975. Living not far from the line of demarcation separating the Christian and Muslim zones, Baz was stimulated by what was going on around him to take up photography at an early age. Lebanon became his training ground. In 1989, Baz joined Agence France-Presse, covering the First Intifada in Gaza and the West Bank, the First Gulf War in 1990, and later conflicts in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Sarajevo. Baz is Middle East and North Africa photo director for AFP, but continues to cover conflict zones, serving as AFP bureau chief in Baghdad from 2002 to 2003.

  • Picture of the Year Award, 1st Place Newspaper « Spot News » - 1993
  • Picture of the Year, third prize in « Features » category - 1993
  • Picture of the Year, Excellency award in « Features » category - 1993

His book Don’t Take My Picture, Iraqis Don’t Cry, 2009, focuses on children affected by the war.

Personal connection to Anton: Patrick met Anton in Libya


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