Born in Cairo, Egypt to a German mother and an Egyptian father I was raised in an international community speaking English, German, Arabic and some French. With an interest in storytelling, visual media and social issues I pursued undergraduate studies in the United States, graduating with an Associate of Arts in photojournalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism. After my studies and some work experience abroad I returned to Cairo at the end of 2010 and soon after was witness to drastic changes in my home country as the Arab Uprising gained momentum and swept the region with political turmoil. I began photographing professionally in 2009 and have been working as a freelance documentary photographer ever since. My photographic work focuses on editorial features, daily life and long term documentary projects. Most recently, my work has been featured in The New York Times, Die Zeit, brand Eins, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Figaro, NRC Handelsblad among others.
With almost a decade of work experience behind me I decided to leave Egypt in 2016 to seek new opportunities and find more stability in work. I chose to move to Berlin to explore other parts of my identity and gain new insight into what it means to be a duel citizen both socially and culturally. Upon arrival in Berlin I began volunteering with a development organization helping refugees resettle and simultaneously began working at dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur/German Press Agency). Not long after starting in the photo department as a translator, I was offered a full time position to help head up the agency’s picture service with a small team back in Egypt focusing on the Middle East and North Africa.
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