About the Book:
Yalla Habibi – Living with War in Aleppo gives recognition to the people in Eastern Aleppo who have continued their everyday lives with resilience and inventiveness amidst perilous circumstances. The pictures from Hosam Katan’s hometown, taken between 2013 and 2015, capture moments of the conflicting experiences and emotions of these people. Anger, joy, grief, fear, adventurousness, desperation, determination, solidarity, defiance, fatigue, excitement – having to live with war all of these emotions can change in an instant. The book shows people balancing the horrors of war with a sense of normalcy and trying to retain their dignity. Although the news coverage of the conflict in Syria, and especially from Aleppo, has waned, it is important to keep up the dialog because the conflict is far from being over.
About the Photographer:
Hosam Katan, was born in 1994 in Aleppo, Syria. He started working as a photojournalist for Aleppo Media Center from October 2012. Between 2013 and 2015, he covered the conflict in Aleppo as a freelance photographer for Reuters as well as for the German magazine Stern. He studied photojournalism at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Awards he has received include: the Ian Parry Special Award 2014, the Ian Parry Award 2015 (category: highly commended), the annual Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2015, the grand price at the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015, the Nannen Preis for journalism 2016 (category: special award), and the photography award at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach 2016.
Name: Yalla Habibi: Living with War in Aleppo
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (April 3, 2018)
Author: Hosam Katan
Price: AED 240
Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches