Cinés Méditerranée, the book

“Cinés Méditerranée”, a photographic project on cinemas of the southern coast of the Mediterranean sea, from Morocco to Lebanon.

Project visual Cinés Méditerranée, the book
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Cinés Méditerranée, the book

The project

Cinés Méditerranée started in 2010 in Alexandria and Cairo and today brings together Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Egyptian and Lebanese cinemas. These countries, endowed with an exceptional architectural heritage, have been captured by photographer Stephan Zaubitzer with a large format camera. 

Together with the young publishing house “Building Books” focused on art and architecture, Stephan Zaubitzer is releasing a book on cinemas of the southern coast of the Mediterranean sea. 

A unique work conceived as a photographic journey where we discover, from one country to another, all the richness of these unique places, vectors of dreams. Thanks to this crowdfunding and your participation, this long-term project will finally be able to exist in the form of a book.

The book

The book will include around 75 photographs of cinemas in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon. To get an overview of the selection, see a short slideshow. The book's preface is signed by film critic, scholar, essayist, screenwriter and director Alain Bergala. It will translated into Arabic and English. 

Book description
Size: 23x30 cm 
Pages: 112 
Cover: soft with inner flaps (18 cm), 
4/1 printing (black) on 240g offset paper. 
Inside: 96 pages, 4/4 printing on 115g coated paper 
+ 16 pages 1/1 printing (black) on 90g offset paper 
Binding: sewn and glued

The exhibition in La Ciotat 

An exhibition will take place at the “Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus” in the city of La Ciotat, at the end of September 2021. The building is right next to the world's oldest cinema founded by the Lumière Brothers, the Cinema Eden. This is the perfect opportunity for the launch of the book. Each contributor will receive an invitation for the opening of the exhibition.

Biography of the author 

Stephan Zaubitzer works in the field of documentary photography. He photographs the world as it is. His photographs, which show pieces of reality, serve as an anchor for the surreal of the viewer.

Since 2003, Cinés Monde has become his long-term work on downtown cinemas around the world. With a large format camera, in natural or artificial light, he travels the world to continue the inventory of these architectures governed by the laws of optics. His inventory of this architecture governed by the laws of optics delivers a testimony formerly only preserved by memory.

His works are regularly exhibited in art centers, museums or film and photography festivals: Galerie Cinéma (2015, 2019), Boghossian Foundation in Brussels (2108), Institut du Monde Arabe (2017, 2021), Kunstraum / Bethanien in Berlin (2018), Photomed (2016), Cultura banco de Brazil in Rio (2015). In 2004, he received a World Press Photo for his series on outdoor cinemas in Ouagadougou. Since 2015, Stephan Zaubitzer has been represented by the Galerie Cinéma d'Anne-Dominique Toussaint in Paris.

To go further

Conference with Francis Lacloche at the City of Architecture and Heritage, 2021
Cinés Méditerranée au Pont Saint Ange, Institute of Islamic Cultures, 2020
Divas Arabes Exhibition (2021), Biennial of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World (2017), Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris
Ciné-Egyptomania, Cinémathèque Française with Philippe Pumain, architect of Luxor in Paris.

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Allocation of funds

The 6000 euros will finance the costs of printing and photoengraving. The design of the book is done by graphic design studio Building Paris. The publication is planned for September 2021 for the opening of the exhibition at the Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus in La Ciotat.


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