AMID WAR, OLD MAN “PEACEFULLY” LISTENS TO MUSIC IN SYRIA

AMID WAR, OLD MAN “PEACEFULLY” LISTENS TO MUSIC IN SYRIA

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A 70-year-old man smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom, listening to music, in Aleppo's formerly rebel-held neighborhood of al-Shaar on March 9, 2017. Joseph Eid—AFP/Getty Images

The windows are blown out, and rubble from a crumbling wall litters the floor, but Mohammad Mohiedine Anis, sits peacefully smoking a pipe and listening to music in his destroyed bedroom in Aleppo, Syria.

The haunting portrait taken by AFP photographer Joseph Eid is as perfectly composed as a painting. “I’m a war photographer and I’ve seen lots of atrocities. This one is different,” Eid said this week from his office in Beirut. The image shows the tragedy of war, but it also shows someone rising above it through the transcendent power of music. “It talks about life.”

The Arabic music transported Mohammed Mohiedin Anis to better times. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

70-year-old Mohammed Mohiedin Anis, who is also known around town as Abu Omar. He owns a collection of 1950s vintage American vehicles that would make any auto aficionado drool.

A 1958 Chevrolet Apache truck is parked in rubble from the fighting in Aleppo, Syria. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A 1958 Chevrolet Apache truck is parked in rubble from the fighting in Aleppo, Syria. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
Despite the destruction all around him, Mohammed Mohiedin Anis smiles as he opens the trunk of his 1949 Hudson Commodore. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
Despite the destruction all around him, Mohammed Mohiedin Anis smiles as he opens the trunk of his 1949 Hudson Commodore. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

An overhead view shows the bombed-out neighborhood in Aleppo where car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis still lives. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

An overhead view shows the bombed-out neighborhood in Aleppo where car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis still lives. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

A beat-up 1948 Buick is part of Mohammed Mohiedin Anis' car collection. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

A beat-up 1948 Buick is part of Mohammed Mohiedin Anis’ car collection. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

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