Exhibition at Photo 4 of Giulio Rimondi’s Photographs Tell the Story of Beirut

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PARIS.- For many years now it has been hard to tell the story of Beirut without lapsing into commonplaces. Giulio Rimondi, a young Italian photographer living and working there, has managed to avoid that risk. His images, accompanied by the verses of the elderly poet Christian Ghazi, evoke an atmosphere of intimacy and solitude that is haunted by the memory of war. There is hardly a trace here of the Beirut that’s renowned for its entertainment, its wealth and its sex industry. Rimondi’s photographs reveal a nocturnal, silent city, where people living at the margins are illuminated for just an instant. “So it’s no easy task to talk about or to tell the story of Beirut without lapsing into cliché. Beirut is, in fact, a source of inspiration for poets and writers everywhere. One of these was the Syrian Adunis (Ali Ahmad Said Asbar) who lived there for a long time and described it as a “non-city”; and then there’s Selim Nassib, author of An