Thursday’s inspiration: Pascal Meunier Documentanting Arab-Muslims culture

Pascal Meunier is a documentary photographer based in Paris. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science.

Baghdad, Iraq

His latest photographic works relate mainly to the culture of Arab-Muslims, a world, that today, is much talked about but mostly misunderstood.

I really liked Pascal’s photography style and mission. As a photographer and an Arab I really appreciate what Pascal is doing and can relate to his work. His photos are not the typical photos you would expect to see when you think of Syria or Yemen. The battle between culture and modernity is one of the hot topics in the GCC and in my opinion Pascal has captured the cultural identity struggle really well.

Cairo
Egypt, Cairo
Cairo

Pascal Meunier’s professional career began in Aleppo, Syria. For ten years, he has reported on cultural traditions from Mauritania to Malaysia, passing through Iran, Libya, Yemen and Egypt on the way. He does not concentrate on current events of a political nature, but prefers to show the intrinsic culture of the country instead.

Yemen
Yemen

One of his aims is to capture heritage and traditions that are swiftly vanishing. The last public baths of Cairo, the island of Lamu, the oasis of Oualata, and the old town of Harar, his subjects invoke a sense of nostalgia.

Sultanate of Oman. Muscat. Gaming room

Sultanate of Oman. Musandam. Couple wearing traditional clothes
Oman, sultans of the seas

Beyond sounding the alarm, Pascal Meunier also shows a Muslim world in change, overtaken by modernity, but increasingly anxious to preserve its values.

Doha, Qatar
Qatar. Doha. Cornice
Dubai, UAE
Kenya
India, Lucknow
Syria, Damascus

India. Lucknow
Mauritania,

You can check some of his work here