Mues Design

Shortlisted to be ‘Best debut Photo Book’ at Paris Photo 2013

The first major publication by Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur is a personal account of everyday life and challenges facing young women in Saudi Arabian society. Short diary-like observations and quotes by the people that hosted Arthur on her many visits to Jeddah are mixed in with her beautifully intimate portraits.

“And so eventually, like them, I retreated into the bubbles and stopped trying to understand the whole. Inside I found a world that was at the same time appealing for its childish fun and unsettling for its lack of self-reflection.”

Olivia Arthur

Jeddah Diaries
Olivia Arthur
Fishbar

Shortlisted to be ‘Best debut Photo Book’ at Paris Photo 2013

The first major publication by Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur is a personal account of everyday life and challenges facing young women in Saudi Arabian society. Short diary-like observations and quotes by the people that hosted Arthur on her many visits to Jeddah are mixed in with her beautifully intimate portraits.

“And so eventually, like them, I retreated into the bubbles and stopped trying to understand the whole. Inside I found a world that was at the same time appealing for its childish fun and unsettling for its lack of self-reflection.”

Olivia Arthur