Anouchian Passport Portrait Series

The Anouchian Passport Portrait Series (2010-) is a planned suite of 198 images of 99 women and 99 men, whose portraits (held by Beirut’s Arab Image Foundation) were taken by the Tripoli-based Armenian photographer Antranik Anouchian (1908-1991).  Waheed’s renderings, which she groups in nines by category- Men with Glasses, Women with Headscarves, etc.- are painstakingly created in pencil/charcoal by moving her hand like a printer- head from left to right over the paper’s ridges. The drawings are like apparitions, slowly revealing the faces of a long-disappeared era in Lebanon, captured by a man who himself escaped the mass obliteration of the Armenian people in 1915-1917.

 

 

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