On the 4th of August, explosions at the port of Beirut devastated the city. 800m from the site, the Arab Image Foundation’s premises sustained substantial damage.

In addition to initiating conservation projects and workshops at the intersection of artistic creation, research, and archiving, the AIF restores and conserves hundreds of thousands of photographic objects and documents from and related to the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora. The work of over 250 amateur photographers and 700 professional photographers and studios, the objects date from the 1860s to the present day, and span 50 countries.

Their on-site facilities include workspaces, a cool storage room for the collection, and a library. The preservation department was the most severely impacted. To help them cover costs of the cleaning process, replacing equipment and repairing workspaces we will donate all proceeds from the sale of the Paradox publications available online from today until the end of October.

Click here to browse our range of acclaimed photobooks, including titles from Koos Breukel, Dana Lixenberg, Joana Choumali, Ad van Denderen, Carel van Hees, Xavier Ribas, Melle Smets, Andrea Stultiens and Dirk-Jan Visser. Also available: special editions including signed copies accompanied by prints from authors like: Emeric Lhuisset, Hans van der Meer and Kadir van Lohuizen.

Buy a book to support the AIF’s vital work. But be quick: stock of many of the items listed – particularly special editions – is limited!