Untitled (found myself in narrow places)

Omar Imam, Syrian, born 1979



Pigment print on paper


Sheet: 18 × 24 in. (45.7 × 61 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Fund for Contemporary Photography and the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein '67 Fund

© Omar Imam



Place Imaged: Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon, West Asia, Asia


21st century

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These two images are part of a series of photographs Omar Imam took in a Lebanese refugee camp for Syrians. Imam himself is a Syrian exile who lived in such a camp. The photographs were produced in collaboration with the subjects to evoke their lived experience within the camps using metaphor and imagination. Instead of relying on the tropes commonly found in documentary photography, Imam seeks to show how life feels psychologically from the subjects’ perspective, rather than how it appears. The text at the bottom of the prints adds context in the subject’s own voices.

From the 2024 exhibition An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Exhibition History

An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20-July 21, 2024.


Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; sold to present collection, 2022.

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