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The Middle East Revealed

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Photography from the Middle East receives fairly little attention in the United States, and our image of the region is fashioned by journalists covering conflicts that date back to colonial times. Women are invariably represented as veiled, oppressed, deprived of their freedom by a patriarchal society, or as an untouchable beauty with dark, penetrating eyes peering out from a chador. Between exoticism and cultural simplification, the Middle East of women is codified to the point of caricature.

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