Ben Lowy | iLibiya: Libya's Growing Pain
Country of origin: United States
Project location: Libya
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
In February 2011, Libyan civilians orchestrated a massive uprising against the 42 year-‐old regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Following the Egyptian and Tunisian revolution models, social media and mobile technology played a major hand in fueling the Libyan revolution. When a full-‐scale war between Rebels and Loyalists erupted, curious civilians began to document the war with their mobile phones, instantly updating the world on events as they transpired. For eight months, the battle against Gaddafi has unified Libyans of varied socio-‐economic backgrounds. Ironically, the demise of Gaddafi has eliminated the nexus that bound these groups. Whether these factions unite or fracture will determine if the new Libya will succeed or fail.
Benjamin Lowy returns to Libya and photograph Libya’s Growing Pains with an iPhone.