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Digital photographer opens up portfolio’s secrets to students


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Nagib Khazaka showing some of his works to students.


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Khazaka's photo of a house interior in Batroun.


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A photograph taken in the Alte Pinakothek museum in Munich, Germany.


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Khazaka's portraits of two members of the Lebanese band LUMI.


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Dr. Melissa Plourde introduces Khazaka to the audience.


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Stairs in Munich's Alte Pinakothek museum.


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Another photo of the Batroun residence.

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November 3, 2008—

Teaching others the tricks of the trade might be an issue for some professional artists. But for Nagib Khazaka, who presented his digital photos to Byblos students October 16, it’s a pleasure.

“I very much enjoy teaching, being with people and sharing my experience,” said Khazaka. “I … [answer] all questions honestly and tell people the tricks as much as I know,” he added.

During his travels as an economist, Khazaka became increasingly interested in capturing images of buildings and interiors. In 2000, he shifted his career completely to professional photography. Today he specializes in residential and commercial projects for many international clients and magazines, spending time in Beirut, Munich and the UAE.

Although he admitted it was not easy to drop everything and switch careers, he did not regret his decision. “Photography is my passion. For me, it is a dream that came true,” he said.

At the event organized by the Byblos Graphic Design Department, the German-Lebanese artist described different kinds of cameras and other equipment, as well as his views on creativity and inspiration. “Sometimes it is just a little detail or some light that really changes the whole image,” he said.

Creatively decorated private homes in Batroun, spacious German museum halls, and captivating portraits of LUMI (a Lebanese electro-rock band) members were some of the photos Khazaka showcased.

During a demo photo shoot following the presentation, some students modeled for Khazaka who later showed how to change the colors of the images and use various computer programs.

“We do not want only teachers to talk to students but also people from the industry … who have work experience,” said Dr. Melissa Plourde, assistant professor of graphic design in Byblos, who took the initiative of inviting Khazaka. “We want the students to open their eyes to the outside world,” she added.

The event was part of a series of lectures that will feature other Lebanese artists, especially—but not only—for students in Graphic Design Seminar and Animation Concepts courses.


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