Photos by Roger Tagholm
Earlier this week Roger Tagholm reported for Publishing Perspectives from the Riyadh International Book Fair (RIBF), which runs through March 14th. “you arrive with a baggage of pre-conceptions, expecting a miserable, Islamic police state.” But, he added, “What happens, as is so often the case with travel, is a kind of re-education, a gradual relaxing and the beginnings of seeing a country, a culture and a people in a new light…Which isn’t to say that one ignores certain issues; more to recognize that, as ever, it isn’t the whole story, that the situation is more nuanced than it is often portrayed. One has to write as one finds it – and in terms of the welcome shown, and the conversations with Saudi men and women, and more importantly, the atmosphere, this has been very much at odds with the familiar line in the West on this part of the world.”
Here, he shares a few of the faces and places he experienced on his visit.