Windows of the Soul: My Journey Through the Middle East

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Alexandra Avakian was born in New York City and brought up in New York and California. In 1983 Avakian graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. She also studied and worked at the International Center of Photography, and The New School from 1980-1982. She has been a professional photojournalist since 1984. Over the last 23-years Avakian has been published in Time, Life, Newsweek, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Audobon, Natural History, GEO, Stern, Paris Match, and most other mainstream magazines of the United States and Europe. She has been published in such National Geographic books as “Wide Angle”, “Women Photographers and Islam”, as well as “Day in the Life of the American Woman”, several TIME/LIFE books. She also created the photographs for two books on the Amish and one on the Rocky Mountains for Clarkson Potter publishers. Avakian has worked extensively worldwide, and lived in the Middle East (Gaza 1993-1995), Africa (Somalia 1992-1993), and the former Soviet Union from (1990 – 1992.) She covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution for LIFE; the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini; the Armenian earthquake; the Palestinian intifada over a period of 7 years; the civil wars, coups, uprisings and end of the former Soviet Union; the civil war and famine of Somalia and Sudan; Haiti’s uprisings; Reform in Iran; Muslims in America; Lebanon’s Hezbollah to name several. Avakian’s book “Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World” was published by National Geographic Books in 2008. Avakian and her book have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine,, New York Times Lens, and more.

Avakian has been a senior member of Contact Press Images since 1991 and has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995.