What makes a good pic­ture stand out from the av­er­age?


A good pic­ture needs to con­vey some­thing new (an idea about the au­thor, a story…) Other fac­tors like com­po­si­tion and light­ing com­ple­ment it.

What do you want to say with your pho­to­graphs?

My ob­jec­tive is to high­light the changes Beirut and Le­banon are go­ing through. It’s a long term project that un­der­lines the evo­lu­tion of Beirut/le­banon through its de­mog­ra­phy, ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban life… To achieve this, I need to be on the streets almost ev­ery day in or­der to cre­ate a co­her­ent se­quence of pho­to­graphs.

Do you get to work with ad agen­cies on spe­cific as­sign­ments?

I worked with NOW Le­banon, Raseef22, and oth­ers. I used to rec­om­mend the sub­jects I would work on, most of which were con­sid­ered “cul­tural”. One of the many mem­o­rable photo-es­says I worked on was “Le Souf­fleur”. This pri­vate mu­seum was an amaz­ing dis­cov­ery. I met its owner, Ibrahim Na­jem, as he in­vited me for a cof­fee in Ain el Mraysseh area. “I have a trea­sure up there” he said. Le Souf­fleur is the name of a French war­ship that sank on the shores of Beirut dur­ing WWII. Ibrahim once dived and dis­cov­ered it bring­ing back, as a mem­ory, its name­plate, which he placed on top of his mu­seum’s main en­trance...

Do you see your­self as a pho­tog­ra­pher many years down the road?

Yes I do. I still need to do a solo ex­hibit and pub­lish a book if pos­si­ble. An­other as­pect I need to work on is mar­ket­ing.

What ad­vice do you have for pho­tog­ra­phers just start­ing out?

Prac­tice is all I rec­om­mend. No need to have an amaz­ing cam­era or lens to start with. A cell phone’s cam­era can do the job. An­other thing to do is to check the work of known pho­tog­ra­phers like Mag­num Photos’...

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