Henry's and the Toronto Star are proud to present Arab Awakening: A Revolutionary Snapshot, an exhibition featuring the work of Toronto Star photographers and photojournalists, Jim Rankin, Lucas Oleniuk, Rick Madonik and Michelle Shephard.
When revolution spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa, images of the protest, triumph and peace brought it home. A flood of photos from Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya, shared via social media, made it impossible for stalwart autocrats to deny the brutal force they were using to fight back.
See the exhibit at Henry's Downtown Superstore, 119 Church Street, Toronto, ON. (main floor School of Imaging classroom).
Exhibit dates: May 1st to 31st, 2012
Exhibit hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to 8pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Toronto Star photojournalist Jim Rankin was in Tunisia on Feb. 11, 2011, when Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down. Rankin captured the jubilation among the people who had started it all. He was back in Tunis to cover the country’s first free election on Oct. 23.
Lucas Oleniuk, a Toronto Star photographer, often found himself too close to the action in Bahrain. In this photo, taken Feb. 18, 2011, a protestor gestures to supporters after helping an injured man to safety. Shiite anti-regime demonstrators marching from Budaiya to Pearl Square were fired on by security forces near Manama.
Michelle Shephard was one of only a few foreign journalists in Sana’a during the revolution’s early days, capturing images of a people delirious with their newfound voice. But calls for President Saleh to step down have gone unheeded, and to date hundreds of demonstrators have died.
Rick Madonik braved gunfire to track Libyan rebel’s path through Ras Lanuf until Gadhafi’s regime started air strikes, forcing a retreat. In this image, taken at an anti-Gadhafi rally in March 2011, a woman makes the victory sign behind Libya’s new flag. Gadhafi would be ousted in August, he died after a firefight with government forces in October.