Lebanese photographer Rania Matar began documenting the rooms of teenage girls in the US and the Middle East after watching her own daughter transform from a pre-teen tomboy to a what she calls a "girly girl."
She found that her daughter's room gave clues to what was going on within her; it was a sacred space where she could express her changing identity. So Matar decided to embark on a photo project documenting the rooms of girls in the US and in Lebanon. The results became a book, "A Girl and Her Room."
Some these photos are now part of "She Who Tells a Story:Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," an exhibit opening Tuesday at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston featuring female photographers from Iran and the Arab world.
Matar stopped by the studio to speak with Marco Werman.