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New generation of photographers capture turbulent Mideast

The Middle East's turbulent modern history -- most recently, the events of the Arab Spring -- has inspired a generation of photographers from the region who are gaining global recognition. <br/><br/>Now, <a href='http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-light-from-the-middle-east-new-photography/' target='_blank'>a new exhibition at London's Victoria &amp; Albert Museum, "Light from the Middle East,"</a> is celebrating their diverse and challenging work. <br/><br/>On display is everything from photojournalism to fine art photography and the museum says it hopes to showcase the full range of emerging talent -- artists documenting the complexities and contradictions of a region in the grip of change. <br/><br/>This 2006 photograph is taken from a series by Iranian photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian called "Mothers of Martyrs," which features mothers with framed portraits of their sons who died in the Iran-Iraq war.

The Middle East's turbulent modern history -- most recently, the events of the Arab Spring -- has inspired a generation of photographers from the region who are gaining global recognition.

Now, a new exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, "Light from the Middle East," is celebrating their diverse and challenging work.

On display is everything from photojournalism to fine art photography and the museum says it hopes to showcase the full range of emerging talent -- artists documenting the complexities and contradictions of a region in the grip of change.

This 2006 photograph is taken from a series by Iranian photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian called "Mothers of Martyrs," which features mothers with framed portraits of their sons who died in the Iran-Iraq war.