Celia Peterson

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 16/02/2016: “The crisis, had a great impact on us, both men and women. Firstly, we lost a lot of our country’s men, and many women were widowed. I don’t think anyone in the whole world faced what we women did in Syria. We were the ones most affected. We are alone, some have lost their father, brother or husband. Her Husband, the house’s backbone is gone.”

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Portrait of a Kushti fighter.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids play football in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A view of Syrian refugees living in tents with Reyhanli town in the background, Turkey.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed al Sheikh Maree, 30, brother of injured Yusuf al Sheikh Maree, 4. Yusuf was playing with an element of a cluster bomb for over a year. Yusuf left the element next to the fire where all the family were gathered for lunch. The heat caused the device to explode whereby half the family, including his mother were instantly killed. Yusuf lost a leg amongst other serious stomach injuries. His brother now cares for him.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Mahmoud Khatib from Marea, Aleppo shows a picture of his son. taken by the Syrian regime over 2 year's ago.

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Gaziantep, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Fouad stays at this 2usd ‘hotel’ in the back streets of Gaziantep, owned by a Turk sympathetic to the Syrian cause. The ‘hotel’ has been open for 3 years, is illegal and occasionally raided by the Turkish police who take the men to camps to register them and shut down the ‘hotel’. Each room accommodates 7 young men who are seeking work and a new life in Turkey. Fouad works long hours in a factory sewing and making women’s clothes for 200 Turkish lira per month. He has been at the hotel for a year and cannot make enough to lease his own flat as the rent is too high.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Syrian children making money by collecting rubbish in Reyhanli, Turkey, on the Syrian border with Turkey. The boy in green, 14, wants to go back to Syria to fight the regime.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men watching the Friday Kushti battle between Mohamed Shahed and Mohamed Salwa.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Faisal (top) is from Hyderabad in India and works as a mechanic in Dubai. He started Kushti 7 year's ago having previously studied judo. He trains after work each day with his friends for around 2 hours between 7-9pm.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/09/2016: A worker takes a break on a construction site.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A Syrian refugee lives in a garage with no water or electricity.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Seflo, 18, media student, hoping to gain a place at a Turkish university, Reyhanli, Turkey.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Portrait of two Syrian refugees who run a website highlighting regime atrocities in Syria.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Mohamed Salwa, a Kushti fighter from Pakistan, followed his brothers to Dubai and is currently unemployed. He started Kushti 8 year's ago, got married, started a family and continued wrestling. He trains every morning and evening by running 2 kilometres and lifting weights.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Mohamed Salwa and Mohamed Nader, pose after showering with a hose pipe in a nearby wasteland after the fight.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The 'Clown Doctor' Alaa Megdad entertains 10 year old Marrah Deyab in the Kidney Failure section at the Al Ranteesy Hospital in Gaza City. Marrah suffers from kidney failure and for the last 5 years has spent 4 days a week, 4 hours each trip on a dialysis machine. She has been denied access to a hospital in Nablus, Palestine by the Israeili authorities where she needs life-saving treatment. She died in February 2016.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/09/2014: A young man looks out of his bombed house in Shajaya, Gaza.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of a Gazan woman inside her badly damaged house. She lost many family members in 'Operation Protective Edge', including her two grand children who went out to buy milk for the family and were both killed by shelling. 35 members of her extended family all lost their homes within one hour of intense bombing, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A horse tethered to the remains of a building in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

Editorial

I am a photographer and filmmaker with 18 year’s experience currently based between Dubai and Beirut. I work in a natural documentary style for both commercial and editorial clients.

Inspired by human behaviour with a love of capturing everyday life, I can quickly connect to the culture and essence of a place or person. I have covered a variety of significant social issues and human stories that stir my passion for the world. Where possible, I use my work to have a positive impact and strongly believe visuals are a powerful vehicle for social change.

DUBAI PHOTOGRAPHER | BEIRUT PHOTOGRAPHER | DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 16/02/2016: “The crisis, had a great impact on us, both men and women. Firstly, we lost a lot of our country’s men, and many women were widowed. I don’t think anyone in the whole world faced what we women did in Syria. We were the ones most affected. We are alone, some have lost their father, brother or husband. Her Husband, the house’s backbone is gone.”

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Portrait of a Kushti fighter.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids play football in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A view of Syrian refugees living in tents with Reyhanli town in the background, Turkey.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed al Sheikh Maree, 30, brother of injured Yusuf al Sheikh Maree, 4. Yusuf was playing with an element of a cluster bomb for over a year. Yusuf left the element next to the fire where all the family were gathered for lunch. The heat caused the device to explode whereby half the family, including his mother were instantly killed. Yusuf lost a leg amongst other serious stomach injuries. His brother now cares for him.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Mahmoud Khatib from Marea, Aleppo shows a picture of his son. taken by the Syrian regime over 2 year's ago.

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Gaziantep, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Fouad stays at this 2usd ‘hotel’ in the back streets of Gaziantep, owned by a Turk sympathetic to the Syrian cause. The ‘hotel’ has been open for 3 years, is illegal and occasionally raided by the Turkish police who take the men to camps to register them and shut down the ‘hotel’. Each room accommodates 7 young men who are seeking work and a new life in Turkey. Fouad works long hours in a factory sewing and making women’s clothes for 200 Turkish lira per month. He has been at the hotel for a year and cannot make enough to lease his own flat as the rent is too high.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Syrian children making money by collecting rubbish in Reyhanli, Turkey, on the Syrian border with Turkey. The boy in green, 14, wants to go back to Syria to fight the regime.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men watching the Friday Kushti battle between Mohamed Shahed and Mohamed Salwa.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Faisal (top) is from Hyderabad in India and works as a mechanic in Dubai. He started Kushti 7 year's ago having previously studied judo. He trains after work each day with his friends for around 2 hours between 7-9pm.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/09/2016: A worker takes a break on a construction site.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A Syrian refugee lives in a garage with no water or electricity.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Seflo, 18, media student, hoping to gain a place at a Turkish university, Reyhanli, Turkey.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Portrait of two Syrian refugees who run a website highlighting regime atrocities in Syria.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Mohamed Salwa, a Kushti fighter from Pakistan, followed his brothers to Dubai and is currently unemployed. He started Kushti 8 year's ago, got married, started a family and continued wrestling. He trains every morning and evening by running 2 kilometres and lifting weights.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Mohamed Salwa and Mohamed Nader, pose after showering with a hose pipe in a nearby wasteland after the fight.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The 'Clown Doctor' Alaa Megdad entertains 10 year old Marrah Deyab in the Kidney Failure section at the Al Ranteesy Hospital in Gaza City. Marrah suffers from kidney failure and for the last 5 years has spent 4 days a week, 4 hours each trip on a dialysis machine. She has been denied access to a hospital in Nablus, Palestine by the Israeili authorities where she needs life-saving treatment. She died in February 2016.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/09/2014: A young man looks out of his bombed house in Shajaya, Gaza.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of a Gazan woman inside her badly damaged house. She lost many family members in 'Operation Protective Edge', including her two grand children who went out to buy milk for the family and were both killed by shelling. 35 members of her extended family all lost their homes within one hour of intense bombing, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A horse tethered to the remains of a building in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.