Dubai’s leading Australian news anchor, photojournalist exhibits in Washington D.C.

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Faces of the Middle East
Faces of the Middle East by Hermoine Macura

Press Release

In her fourth exhibition in the United States, Hermoine Macura, an Australian photojournalist and news anchor, will showcase her collection of poignant images taken during her seven years of coverage of the Middle East, providing a unique insight into the Arab world. The exhibition is organized by Bridges of Understanding and will open at Busboys and Poets on May 30th in Washington, D.C. from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

In a time when the Arab world is in turmoil and greatly misunderstood, Hermoine’s pictures’ provide a platform for cultural and religious understanding. “My photographs are neither a definitive story nor a political statement. Rather this exhibit is about the people, for the people unheard in the region, the masses who desire peace and unity and are tired of all the hatred.”

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Faces of the Middle East. Photo - Hermoine Macura

The FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST exhibition has been exhibited in the past in leading cities and locations in the world, including the Brunei gallery SOAS, Ronald Reagan Centre and Mellin building, Washington D.C, USA.

Bridges of Understanding is a not-for-profit; non-political organization devoted to supporting projects and efforts that foster better understanding between the American people and peoples of the Arab world.

Ms. Carey Kluttz, Bridges Executive Director, says, “Hermoine’s photos offer a unique view of the humanity and diversity of a region so often misunderstood, and her work explores a side of the Middle East that is not often seen in our news, particularly of late. We are excited to bring this exhibition to an American audience.”

The event will be held at Busboys and Poets gallery; another venture started by Iraqi-American Anas “Andy” Shallal that seeks to bridge cultural, social and racial gaps and inspire social change among people. They do this by providing a platform, “Where art, culture and politics intentionally collide, both visual and performing arts are a constant and daily part of the Busboys and Poets environment and experience.”

The exhibition will run from May 29th till November 26th 2012.

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Photo - Hermoine Macura

About Hermoine Macura

Hermoine Macura is the first Australian female English speaking TV News Anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermoine was one of the main anchors on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her portfolio includes the delivery of live-to-air news bulletins, frequently whilst being in the midst of breaking stories both locally and across the Middle East.

Hermoine has also hosted a variety of other shows including the 3 hour live launch of the Burj Khalifa and Maak Ya Lebanon: which featured exclusive interviews with several key players in aid programs in Lebanon. The program was a part of a series that raised 55 Million Dirhams to help people caught in the conflict.

Complementing her role as an anchor, Hermoine has also interviewed a variety of decision makers, and people in the know. From the Duchess of York to Hollywood Actor Michael Douglas, Hermoine has interviewed the most prominent personalities and government officials in the country.

About Faces of the Middle East

FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a personal and intimate journey told through a collection of images by Hermoine Macura.

FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is Hermoine’s book and is available across UAE in selected bookstores. It is also available online at and an e-book version will be launched in Mandarin, Arabic and English on May 30th 2011. So watch this space.

About Bridges of Understanding

Bridges of Understanding is a non-profit, non-political organization devoted to supporting projects and efforts that foster better understanding between the American people and people of the Arab world.

About Busboys and Poets

First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington, DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War.

Busboys and Poets is now located in four distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.

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