Sima Diab is a Syrian-American photographer based between Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon. Her photographic work focuses on environmental and social conditions in the Arab diaspora and Arab world including refugee and migration, climate change and water scarcity. She has lived and worked across the Middle East in Damascus, Dubai, Beirut and Baghdad until setting up base between Cairo and Beirut in 2007.
Her work has been published in The New York Times, M Magazine Le Monde , The Guardian, BuzzfeedNews, LA Times, The Financial Times, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy among others. Diab also works extensively with NGO and aid organizations like Save the Children, the UN agenices, SmileTrain and others.
Diab received the 2016 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, was a selected winner for American Photography Best of Photography 2015 AP32. She is a 2015 grant recipient of the 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program from AFAC/Prince Claus Fund and the Magnum Foundation.
Diab is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and the Overseas Press Club.
Tanya Habjouqa is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator based in East Jerusalem. Her practice links social documentary, collaborative portraiture and participant observation. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. Trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media and emphasis on Middle East Politics from University of London SOAS, Habjouqa produces in-depth narratives that offer nuanced alternatives to mainstream media depictions of her subjects.
Habjouqa’s project Occupied Pleasures received support from the Magnum Foundation and achieved a World Press Photo award in 2014. Culminating in a namesake book by FotoEvidence, it was heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015. Habjouqa’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East.
She is a mentor for the educational initiative Arab Documentary Photography Program, organized by the Magnum Foundation, Prince Claus Foundation, and AFAC.