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Photographer Explores the Complex Lives of Young Saudi Women

Olivia Arthur

In 2009, London-based photographer Olivia Arthur was invited by the British Council to teach a photo workshop to a group of women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her experience there evolved into a balance of teacher and student, and was the impetus for Jeddah Diary, a series documenting the lives of young Saudi women. Arthur took three subsequent trips back to Jeddah, capturing an intimate portrait of these women combined with the underlying restrictive social mores that surround them.

Olivia-Arthur Saudi women

Olivia-Arthur Saudi women

Olivia-Arthur Saudi women

Olivia-Arthur Saudi women

Olivia-Arthur Saudi women

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur

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  • http://www.mattblackstudios.com Matt Black

    This project caught my eye.. it’s interesting to see a “behind the scenes” look at how these women live.