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Tamara Abdul Hadi


Everyday Iraq

[A boy takes a selfie near heart shaped light arches in Zawra Park during the Eid in Baghdad. Photo by Ahmad Mousa.]

The Everyday Iraq Instagram feed was founded in early 2014 by Ahmad Mousa, a twenty-five-year old Iraqi documentary photographer and video reporter for AFP based in Baghdad. He envisioned it, he said when I spoke with him recently, “as a window to shed light on the more human side of the country, to share everyday life scenes from Iraq, to document it, and put [everyday life] in history.” The images publshed on the account share all aspects of Iraq and its people from an ...

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Picture an Arab Man

Amine, Tunisia

Picture an Arab Man is a portrait series started in 2009 to capture young Arab men of diverse backgrounds. The conceptual aim of this portrait series is two-fold. First, to try to uncover and break the stereotypes placed upon the Arab male, while providing an alternative visual representation of that identity. Second, it is a celebration of  sensual beauty, an unexplored aspect of the identity of the contemporary Arab man, on the cusp of change in a society that ...

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Tamara Abdul Hadi

Tamara Abdul Hadi was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts she began her photography career working at Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist and photo editor in 2005, and then went on to work for the New York Times, based out of the UAE. 

She continues to work as a photojournalist in the Middle East region and has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times to name a few. 

Alongside her photojournalism work, Tamara has also initiated and taught photography and art therapy workshops to women and children in marginalized communities. Thus far she has taught in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, and Tunisia.

Her personal photography projects deal with social injustice and deconstructing stereotypes. Her work has been exhibited the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, France, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Canada, and the US.

Abdul Hadi is also a founding member of Rawiya Collective, an all female photo collective in the Middle East.

To see more of her work, visit her website: