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Book - Jeddah Diary
Olivia Arthur
My first impression of Saudi Arabia was of the big empty roads and houses with impossibly high walls. Everything seemed to be happening out of sight, somewhere else, behind closed doors.

I had been sent to Jeddah to teach a workshop for local women photographers. My students introduced me to bits of their world and gradually I made friends and came back again. Getting a glimpse behind those often-closed doors, I tried to piece together an understanding of the bubble-world that they live in.

So many different sets of rules, rules that can be so strict, and yet sometimes the rules just don’t matter...

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Jeddah. SAUDI ARABIA. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A saudi woman wearing the special gown...
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Riyadh. SAUDI ARABIA. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A saudi woman poses in the kitchen in her...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Saudi Woman posing with her abaya on and...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Discarded shoes at an all-women's party....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Lighty's bedroom tent. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. the breakfast table in a saudi family's...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A young Saudi woman and her mother visit...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Watching TV at home. *A print of the image...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A saudi girl stands on her brother to give...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A saudi woman lazes at home. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. swiming pool in a private house. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A saudi girl and her brother watch 'Benjamin...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Lighty and her sister play-fight on the...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A Saudi woman by the side of the road....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Al Shallal fun park in Jeddah. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Black-marker censorship on imported packaging,...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Black-marker censorship on imported packaging....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Students at Effat Women's University. 2009...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Lighty sleeping in. 2010
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SAUDI ARABIA. Durrat Al-Arous. A girl sunbathes in the private...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Diana's Islamic swimsuit. 2009
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. girls swim at Durat Al-Arous, a private...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Saudi girls hide their bags in a hotel...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Midnight food made by a group of Saudi...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A Saudi girl heads out to the marina in...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Saudi girls riding bikes in Durrat Al Arous,...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A man flashes his phone number to a car...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Girls pile in the back of a car in Jeddah....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A group of Saudi women waiting by the side...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A mixed party on a private compound. 2009...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A Saudi couple dance at a private party...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. A Saudi man dances at a private house party...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Saudi girls pose in a bathroom in the beach...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. 2010
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. 'Flower' at a party on a private compound....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. 'Lighty' at a party on a private compound...
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Men and women walk on the pier in the evening....
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Taraween Ramadan prayer. 2010
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SAUDI ARABIA. Jeddah. Watching the countdonw to the end of fasting...
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