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  • “After the Funeral”
  • Alex Potter (bio)

On October 19, 2012, a car bomb exploded in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood. Targeted and killed in the blast was Wissam al Hassan, Brigadier General of the Internal Security Forces and an outspoken enemy of the regime in Syria. Thousands attended al Hassan’s funeral, which, fueled by political tension, boiled over into protest. Potter was there to capture the chaos for this essay, combining the subtlety of a portraitist with an obvious mettle for shooting in circumstances where anything can happen. [End Page 88]


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Lebanese security officials conferring during al Hassan’s funeral.

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Lebanese protesters in downtown Beirut following the funeral of Wissam al Hassan.

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Protesters attempt to pull back the barbed wire surrounding the Gran Serail political building in Beirut.

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A stick flies toward a policeman during the protest that follows the funeral.

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A young man is doused with water after passing out from tear gas.

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Men perched on a traffic light during the protest, raising both the Syrian and Lebanese flags.

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Protesters take cover.

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A young man tries to reason with the security forces. Beirut, October 21, 2012.

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Alex Potter

Alex Potter is a photographer based in the Middle East and the Midwest. In 2012, she was selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Lebanon. She is a recipient of a Chris Hondros Student Fellowship, as well as a Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship from 2012–2014. Her work has been recognized by PDN Photo Annual and American Photography, among others.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2154-6932
Print ISSN
0042-675X
Pages
pp. 88-99
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-31
Open Access
No
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