Serge Najjar is a Lebanese photographer born in Beyrouth Lebanon in 1973.
He is a Doctor in Law, graduated from the University Panthéon-Assas in Paris.
He is a self-taught photographer.
Serge Najjar proceeds like a goldsmith of cities as he shows their manifold geometric potential.
He casts his photographer’s eye on our interaction with materials and their correlation with the history of modern art and geometric abstraction. His approach may be instinctive, but his views allow us to reconsider our contemporary surroundings on a human scale. People’s presence makes utopian, at times overwhelming architectural structures appear more human.
Najjar’s work thus examines the interrelationship between painting and photography.
"When I started taking photos to capture real life around me, all the art books I had read during my childhood gained significance, from Cubism and abstraction to the French avant-garde and Russian Constructivism. Every image had an influence on how I saw things around me as I dealt with the challenge of creating.
You feel alive again when you take a fresh look. It’s powerful when you come to realize that you can get others to apprehend what they cannot see on their own.
You end up realizing that there is no ideal location for taking photographs, no such thing as the perfect city. Architecture can of course be a source of inspiration, but what makes subjects truly interesting is contemplating settings and aesthetics, and making use of our ability to reconsider what we think we already know.
Photography has helped me explore the fine line between the ugly and the beautiful, the ordinary and the less ordinary, between chaos and order, reality and truth."