Christians of Lebanon: Rites and Rituals is a photography book that explores the situation of Lebanon’s Christians in the 21st century. The signing of the book will take place on Wednesday, November 7 at 8 pm at the booth of the French Institute of Lebanon during the Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth.
After consciously choosing to end his career in conflict zones, internationally acclaimed former war photographer Patrick Baz moved back to Lebanon in 2015 to revitalize his energy and rid himself of the all the traumas he encountered over three decades.
Since the region was affected by the massacres of different minorities at the hands of extremist groups, Baz decided to venture off on a journey to uncover the current situation of the community he grew up knowing.
Whilst using a humanistic approach free of judgment, Baz met with, believers, priests, nuns, and parishioners. He slept in monasteries and attended masses, baptisms, and funerals. He also wandered off in highly religious neighborhoods where crucifixes hung from electric power lines were the norm.
By visually documenting the lives, sacraments, and ritualistic implementations of Lebanon’s Christianity, over a period of two years, Baz’s publication Christians of Lebanon: Rites and Rituals is a genuine representation of the faith of an entire community far from dissension and any political affiliation.
The book signing will take place on November 7th at 8 pm at the booth of the French Institute of Lebanon at the Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth.