Deep Inside Libya With Nothing but an iPhone

A photojournalist armed with a smart phone captures the scars and new hopes of the revolution-torn nation.
Bab Aziza

The death of four Americans in a terrorist attack has focused attention on Benghazi in recent weeks, but while violence and political instability mark today's Libya, there is much more to be seen among the people and culture emerging from decades of life under Qaddafi. This past summer, photojournalist Ben Lowy—armed with the iPhone camera he is known to use so well—documented bombed out buildings, Libyan women voting in the first-ever democratic election, and more. Why didn't he work with fancier gear? "Small mobile phone cameras are innocuous and enable a far greater intimacy with a subject," Lowy says, noting that Libyans themselves have also done much to document their surroundings, thanks to the ubiquitous technology.