On 22 October 2016, photographers will be simultaneously taking to the streets of Beirut, Algiers, Naples, Palermo, Marseilles, Amman and Ljubljana, and for 12 hours will be taking pictures based on 12 themes in order to show what daily life is like in their respective cities.
The event will be coordinated from Lebanon by FRAME, one of the beneficiaries of CFI's EBTICAR-Media project running from 2014 to 2016. The mission of this online community is to document and make people aware of social and urban issues through the medium of photography. Since 2013, it has regularly organised collective initiatives centred around photography competitions, and in 2015 it launched its first regional Photo Marathon with two partner organisations (one based in Italy and the other in Tunisia).
The last Photo Marathon to be held took place in Tripoli on 6 August, and was organised as part of the 'Participatory Municipalities' project. The winning photographs were put on display at Tripoli City Hall, and fuelled a dialogue between residents and the local authorities during a day-long debate held on 24 September. They will be on display at the French Institute in Tripoli until the end of October.
Bolstered by the success of past Photo Marathons, FRAME has teamed up with six other organisations in the Mediterranean basin – L'Asilo (Italy), Sylabs (Algeria), 15-38 Réseau Med (France), Enzima (Italy), Jordan Pioneers (Jordan) and the APIS Institute (Slovenia) – for the day-long event on 22 October.