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Syria’s Amateur Photographers Tell The Story Of Their Civil War

An American-Canadian group for Syrian expats has launched a project to collect photos from Syrians on the ground. A ground-level view of devastation.

Syrian cat in Aleppo, November 3

The Syrian Expatriate Organization’s “Lenses of Freedom” project publishes the work of amateur Syrian photographers documenting that country’s turmoil.

The photos range from cell phone snapshots to higher-quality images from those with better equipment, but all were taken at varying degrees of personal risk by Syrians, not journalists or professional photographers. Some of the photos have been exhibited in Toronto. Most are from November or prior.

“They’re all young Syrian amateurs (aged between 18-22 years old) who had photography as a hobby and found the revolution as a way to practice this hobby,” said Maher Azem, a Syrian expat living in Toronto who organizes the project. “Some of them were actually killed/arrested by the regime.”

Press and rebel fighters inspect a destroyed market in Aleppo.

Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo, November 15.

A tank in Aleppo.

A protest in Aleppo, October 19.

Displaced family in Aleppo.

Wreckage in Aleppo.

A little boy protests in Aleppo on October 19.

Graffiti in Aleppo - “I am not worth a bullet, I deserve to live”

FSA soldiers pause in Aleppo.

A street in Damascus.

An overturned vehicle in the Essali neighborhood of Damascus.

FSA soldier in Damascus, September 4.

Protest in the Jobar section of Damascus after the Eid prayer, August 9.

Destruction in al-Midan neighborhood, August 23.

A jasmine flower at Azem palace, August 20.

Destroyed school in Douma.

Al-Hamideyeh souk and the Umayyad Mosque, September 15.

Damaged minarets in Damascus. September 11.

Damascus protest, October 19.

Damascus, October 11.

Syrians protesting in Damascus in August.

Graffiti in August: “Freedom is now in need of a Russian” (meaning gun).

Sunrise in the Jobar section of Damascus.

Night protest in Damascus.

Damaged house in the Jobar section of Damascus.

Government tanks in Nahr Aisheh, Damascus, August 22.

A Syrian child sits near some wreckage in Damascus, October 24.

A protest in Old Damascus on September 20.

Graffiti writer in Damascus’ Mazzeh neighborhood, September 11.

A girl says goodbye to her slain father in Daraa, August 2.

A homeless teddy bear in Daraa, September 16.

At a refugee camp in Daraa City.

A child’s tricycle in Daraa City, November 6.

Women surrounding a mass grave in the town of Boser al-Harir in September.

A child salvages a chair in Daraa, November 6.

A stray cat in Daraa.

A sunset in South Kornish, October 1. The caption on this photo is “Sun of freedom.”

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