I began working as a photographer in 1982. At the beginning I was attracted by lightness and beauty. I have been a still photographer for cinema, and have been taking photo portraits of actors and musicians. In 1989 I started to travel to Asia and to work also as a photojournalist and reporter. I worked in black and white and developed and printed all my photos. After 2001 I decided to dedicate my work to social photography. Since then I have been working in cooperation with humanitarian organizations/agencies, for the realization of advocacy campaigns through exhibitions, calendars, books and reportage for the press. I portrayed and also interviewed and wrote stories of courageous women in the countries which hate women (President of the Republic of Liberia and Nobel Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; General Prosecutor of Afghanistan Maria Bashir; founder of SEWA - the biggest Indian women's trade union - Ela Bhatt; Pakistani icon Mukhtar Mai; Sudanese women of medicine) for Elle and Alias (il manifesto).
I believe and practice a non-aggressive, non-predatory reportage, made essentially of portraits. I call it ”reportrait”, from the union of reportage and portrait. Portraiture is for me the core of photography: born for taking portraits, photography will always include portraiture. Portraits are little stories, and I’m interested in little stories: they let me contact reality; they reflect the wider contexts and the big stories they are part of.
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Midwife Rabha at work
Trained midwife Rabha Abdalraheem Ahmed, 56 years old, visiting Raheeba Mohammed, 25 years old, and her forth newborn girl Madeena, 25 days old. Marin village, Rahad locality, Gedaref State. Sudan 2015