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Lights and Shadows in Old Saida

Open photo exhibition by a Japanese photographer, Naoki Takyo, based in Lebanon in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Saida Municipality and Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA).

'At first, it felt like another visit to an exotic destination, but soon unexpectedly familiar feelings took over.

A sight of fresh vegetables and fruits on wagons, the scent of traditional confectioneries, colorful grains and spices in jute bags, a cobbler sharing coffee with his customer, tailors with vintage sewing machines, a man working on wood with manual tools, fishermen mending nets, the elderly watching over little ones playing in an alley illuminated by a streak of sun light. Traditional and closely-knit community life. Lights and shadows of Old Saida.

The scenes reminiscent of my early childhood were still alive inside the ancient walls. I was enchanted. Saida has held a special place in my heart ever since and I keep coming back. To collect more memories.'

About the photographer:

Naoki Takyo, a Japanese, is an observer of life. Over the past 35 years he has lived in and traveled to many parts of the world. During his career with the United Nations, Naoki regularly had first-hand interactions with people in extreme poverty and in– and post-conflict situations that shaped his philosophy and the way he sees everyday local scenes, cultures and histories, now through the viewfinder. Naoki arrived in Lebanon with his family 2 years ago.

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