In 1968, Abdallah Farah was 16 and working in his fathers photo studio -Studio Wahed -in downtown Beirut. The studio was asked by the Lebanese Tourism Agency to photograph the most beautiful places in Beirut for a series of postcards meant to idealize and the promote the higher end hotels, the modern infrastructure, and the character and charm of the city.
On behalf of Studio Wahed, Farah photographed the beaches, the souqs, the hotels, and, with the help of the tourism agency and the army, also took aerial shots of the city. Reprints of these postcards can still be found in Beirut, and, though often imitated, they have distinguished themselves among Lebanese postcards.
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