Tamara Abdul Hadi
Tamara was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine arts she moved to Dubai, UAE and began her photography career, working at Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist and photo editor in 2005, before going on to work for the New York Times, based out of the UAE.
In 2008, she was based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she continued working for the New York Times, while freelancing for various publications such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times to name a few.
In late 2009, she moved to Ramallah, Palestine where she taught a one year intensive photography program for young Palestinian women with the UNRWA at a vocational women's college. The aim of the project was not only to teach the women the skills of photography and editing, but also to empower them to do more.She has also initiated and taught photography and art therapy workshops to women and children in marginalized communities in Lebanon, Tunisia and Iraq.
Tamara is a founding member of Rawiya Collective, a collective of photographers from the Middle East, and a member of The Medium, an artist collective comprised of interdisciplinary artists working independently.
She has exhibited her photos in the UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, France, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Canada and the US. Her personal photography projects deal with social injustice and deconstructing stereotypes.