9 MENA Photographers You Will Love by Mohammed Ismail


A dynamic region like the Middle East sure offers lots of images that are worth capturing. BarakaBits previously shared an inspiring list of 5 Arab photographers who are worth knowing. Here are 9 more!

1. Newsha Tavakolian

Photojournalist and documentary photographer from Tehran. Her focus is women and gender-based restrictions.

2. Rawan Da’as

An environment loving, culturally and socially aware, proactive young woman from Amman. Her photography has been internationally recognised and featured in various media.

3. Faisal Almalki
Saudi Arabia.

An award winning photographer from Saudi Arabia with a rich portfolio covering architecture, conceptual and street photography.

Envy (Roman Rumors IV) | 2011

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4. Mohammed Ismail

A Libyan British who moved to Doha in 2011 to volunteer in Libya’s independent satellite channel. This move introduced him to the Qatari culture, where he started Faces of Qatar. Get introduced to the Libyan uprising and the Qatari culture through his photography.

The beautifully designed horse stables in Doha's Souq Waqif. #Doha #Qatar #seemycity #seemydoha #travel #horse #equestrian

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5. Emad Alhusayni

Emad, who is based in Saudi Arabia, left a desk job to start his own business and enjoy his passion for photography. It won’t take you long before you fall in love with his contagiously spiritual work.

6. Osama Silwadi

From nature to street photography and beautiful models with traditional dresses, Osama’s lens offers a beautiful journey in Palestine. He started photography as a photojournalist during the first Intifada and continued working as a freelance photographer until today.

7. Amer Sweidan

Amer, a photographer based in Amman, has had his work featured in different local and international mediums. His work varies between minimalist, portrait, architecture, street and lifestyle photography.

What life would be without color?

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8. Mosa’ab Elshamy

Although young, Mosa’ab has a distinguished reputation in photojournalism and documentary photography. His intimate photographs are internationally recognised and in 2013, one of his photographs was picked by TIME as one of the best 10 photos of the year.

9. Sirkan Demirci

If you’re fond of filters, you will love to allow Sirkan’s lens to guide you through a peaceful walk in nature and culture.

Guzel aksamlar olsun 😊🙌🏻

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Faces of Qatar :: Update 2.0 by Mohammed Ismail

I'm sorry it's been so long since I last blogged something. It has been a busy few months; however, now that things are calming down, I thought I would take this opportunity to update you guys on Faces of Qatar, and how far we have come.

Above is a map of the world, with all the countries covered coloured in a shade of blue - that's 17% of the world! I have been overwhelmed by the positive response and the amount of help I have received to get this far, but we've still got a long way to go. If you are, or know anyone from the countries currently in grey, please contact me so we can tick it off the list.

I really am passionate about this project and believe it will go a long way in helping to break down many of the unnecessary barriers between those residing in Qatar.

For a more detailed look at the countries covered, here is a list:

Europe: Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine.

Asia: China, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria.

North America: Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, USA.

South America: Brazil, Colombia.

Africa: Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan.

Oceania: Australia.


Interview :: Doha Heat by Mohammed Ismail

Hey guys, what is up!

Below is my recent interview with Andrew Colin from Doha Heat. We got into some pretty deep discussions on life and my experiences over the last few years as both an individual and as a photographer. Enjoy

Born in Libya but mainly raised in the UK, Mohammed Ismail talks to us about his fascinating experiences as an aspiring photographer. We explore how life sometimes guides an individual into new, unexpected experiences and solidifies their life passion for an art.