Dia Mrad

Dia Mrad

 

Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. He was born in 1991 in Ras Baalbeck, and moved to Beirut in 2007, a city that instantly intrigued him with its “mystery and captivating architectural allure.” 

The road to explore his curiosity materialized in 2011 with pursuing a Master’s degree in Architecture, where Dia also used photography as a tool to explore patterns and analyze urban situations. After graduating in 2017, he started using a mix of photography and academic formation to decipher Beirut, which is still a confusing subject. He employed strategies he had learned and practiced to produce a fresh perspective on informed/informative architectural photography and visual storytelling. 

Between 2017 and 2019, Dia’s passion for exploring Beirut slipped between trying to find work and relocating to the nearby Aley district. But being away from the city offered perspective and time to reflect. After relocating back to Beirut in 2019, and then going on a trip to France and Italy, Dia came back with the idea that would set the tone of his future work: that Beirut’s architecture is deserving of a great deal of attention; that Beirut’s unique mix of architectural styles woven between layers of history was something so particular yet so neglected, a forgotten treasure that needed to be uncovered. This was a turning point that led to working on a systematic photographic archive of Beirut, an imprint of the city and its architecture. 

Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. Dia Mrad is a Lebanese Architecture photographer. Mrad began documenting Beirut’s heritage homes in 2019. The young photographer originally trained as an architect at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, which is known in Lebanon for its lively cultural heritage programme. But there were few opportunities in architecture when Mrad graduated in 2017. “Instead, he developed my passion for photography,”. Upon his return, he began photographing the traditional homes of Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael. These adjoining districts around the Beirut port are emblematic of the city’s cosmopolitan identity, and were hubs for the city’s creative and hospitality sectors. But the area was neglected by real estate developers in Lebanon’s post-war years, thus preserving much of its original architecture.

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