Teenager’s Rooms With a View

by brokenrecordbaby

Rania Matar is a Lebanon born US based photographer. Her work largely focuses on the Middle East where she teaches photography to teenage girls in Lebanon’s refugee camps.

In these photos Matar depicts the bedrooms of American and Middle Eastern girls showing, though they are worlds apart, there are a lot of similarities to be found. For each of these girls their bedroom is a place where they can express their interests, tastes, they can be messy or neat. It’s their own little bubble. A place to feel safe. A place to be themselves.

Matar says:

“I spent time with each girl, so she was comfortable with me and was able to let down her guards, free of any preconception of what she would like to portray consciously. I was fascinated to discover a person on the cusp on becoming an adult, but desperately holding on to the child she just barely left behind; a person on the edge between two worlds.”


Emma, 17, Brookline, MA




Sarah, 17, Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut



Madison Chloe, 16, Cornwall, NY



Dima, 18, Beirut, Lebanon