Women Photographers Tell The Story Of Everyday Life In The Middle East

A girl with wavy tresses cradles her fluffy cat in front of a vanity brimming with products -- two hairbrushes, bottles and bottles of hairspray and perfume. Her shirt’s a bright coral, her walls are hot pink and adorned with images of other girls, their faces on display in square frames.

The scene is from a photo in Rania Matar’s series, “A Girl in Her Room,” which is as intimate and simple as it sounds. Matar began the project after taking portraits of her teenage daughters...

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