Abu Abdo, Mohamad Al Mazloum, 39 years old, married and father of five. In 2004, he was arrested and sentenced to 7 years in jail for drug dealing. He was released in 2010.He now lives in his village, Britel in the Bekaa Valley.
Yehya, Abu Abdo’s youngest son, was born after his release. Here, he plays with a toy gun in front of their house.
During ten years, Hussein went in and out of jail four times for different reasons; the first time was for drug dealing.
Hussein overlooking the sea in Ramlet El Baida, one year after his last release.
Beirut, Capital of Lebanon.
Hussein broke his leg at a construction site.
While I was working with him, I gave him a 35mm camera so he can document his days from his point of view. This is a selection of photos he took on different days at his studio appartment in Aley, Lebanon.
Tuna, my brother, spent one year and three months in jail for drug use and promotion.
He was released, on bail, on January 25th 2018.
While Tuna was incarcerated, I went looking for the place where he hid away from the police before getting caught.
This is a shot of a small forest near my parents’ home in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.
My mother thrilled to receive a flower bouquet that my brother sent with his girlfriend on Mother’s day.
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.
Jenny, spent one year in jail for signing rubber cheques on behalf of her fiancée.
She started working as a taylor for Sarah’s Bags right after she was arrested.
Here, she stands in the garden of the workshop of Sarah’s Bags, where she’s still working, 17 years later.
She didn’t want to reveal her identity so she used her sewing skills to cover her face.
Jenny’s arabic calligraphy sewings on what will be turned into a woman’s purse.
Sarah’ Bags, Beirut, Lebanon.
Ahmad El Sayed, 37 years old, grew up in Saida and moved to Beirut in his late teens. He was a prominent figure in Beirut’s underground art scene. He was arrested in 2010 for drug dealing. He was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months, and was released in 2015. He now lives in Beirut and runs a bar with a friend.