Originally a biotechnology engineer, Roger Mokbel established himself as a Lebanese photographer by using his camera as a plea for social justice. He spent twelve years of his life abroad before returning to Lebanon in 2014.
His work - between personal expression and collective documentation - invites us to explore the backdrop of a constantly changing city, caused by the free fall the country is experiencing. The dysfunction of the city is highlighted : one day the streets are crowded, the next day, deserted and devastated in a chaotic silence. Through this environment, he reveals the struggle of the individuals living in these cityscapes.
His first project 'Describe the sky to me' was selected by ADPP (Arab Documentary Photography Program) in 2018 and received the Photography Prize by the Boghossian Foundation in 2019. His second project 'De rouge et de noir’' was exhibited in Beirut in 2020 by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung and at the Festival International des Arts de Bordeaux in 2021.