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About the Author
Michael von Graffenried was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1957. He is a self-taught freelance photographer based in Paris. His work has appeared in thirteen books and numerous international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Life, Paris Match, Le Monde, Geo, and The International Herald Tribune. He has contributed to many television programs in Europe. He received a World Press Photo award in 1989 for his reportage on perestroika in the Moscow art scene. During the 1990s, his photographic projects took him to the Middle East, Cuba, Slovenia, the Baltics, China, Vietnam, the Sudan, Haiti, and Algeria. His photographs are held in several permanent museum collections and are exhibited internationally. In the United States he is represented by the Witkin Gallery in New York City.
Mary-Jane Deeb is the editor of The Middle East Journal and a professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at American University in Washington, D.C. The author of Libya's Foreign Policy in North Africa (Westview Press, 1990), she is working on a book entitled Algeria: A State in Evolution. She is a frequent media commentator, with appearances on CNN, ABC World News, and the CBS Evening News.