Magnum Foundation

Arab Documentary Photography Program

Photo by Tasneem Alsultan

The Arab Documentary Photography Program is an initiative that provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region.


The Arab Documentary Photography Program is a program jointly funded by the Prince Claus Fund and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture that will run from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region.

The focus of the ADPP is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition of the image’s power to document, educate, and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which such a body of work will reach wider audiences and engage them in compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.

The program’s objectives are: (1) to raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region, (2) to train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling, (3) to share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally, and (4) to explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences.


We partnered with Uncorked Studios to create a website showcasing the growing collection of projects from the Arab Documentary Photography Program. This site brings creative, personal, and in-depth stories from across the Arab region to the global public. Uncorked Studios is a product design and development company focused on the relationship between digital environments and the physical world.

See selected images below and the full projects at




Hadeer Ahmed, Loss, Egypt
Mostafa Bassim, Post-revolutionary Social Change in Egypt, Egypt
Nadia Bseiso, Infertile Crescent, Jordan
Youcef Krache, El Houma, Algeria
Mehdy Mariouch, Bribes de Vie, Morocco
Roy Saade, Dalieh; On the Edge, Lebanon
Muhammad Salah, Who Said White Is Better?, Sudan
Sara Sallam, Hide and Seek, Egypt
Carmen Yahchouchi, Beyond Sacrifice, Lebanon


Arwa Alneami, Never Never Land, Saudi Arabia
Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Tales of Love, Saudi Arabia
Mohamed El Fatih Hamadain, Gold Madness, Sudan
Elsie El Haddad, Stranded: On Life After Imprisonment, Lebanon
Hicham Gardaf, Intersections, Morocco
Mustafa Saeede, Division Multiplied, Somalia
Eyad Kasem, A Small Forest on The Other Side, Syria
Heba Khalifa, Homemade, Egypt
Ahmad Mousa Qasem, Awaiting Their Dead, Iraq
Zeid Romdhane, West of Life, Tunisia


Amira Al-Sharif, A Love Song to Socotra Island, Yemen  
Eman HelalJust StopEgypt
Faisal Al Fouzan, Friday Gathering, Kuwait
Hamada El Rasam, Traces of the Conflict, Egypt
Natalie Naccache, Our Limbo, Lebanon
Omar Imam, Live Love Refugee, Syria
Reem Falaknaz, The Place of Perpetual Undulation, UAE
Samar Hazboun, Beyond Checkpoints, Palestine
Zara Samiry, Tales of the Moroccan Amazons, Morocco