17 imagesTasneem was born in the US and educated in England, returning to Saudi for her undergraduate studies. Her masters focused on the ethnographic study of Saudi women abroad, receiving an MA from Portland State University. After years of teaching in universities between Saudi and the United States, she ventured into photography. As one of the premiere wedding photographers in the GCC, Tasneem documented the traditions and cultures that were celebrated. After shooting weddings, she now uses her story telling experience to document topics focusing on human rights specific to gender and social issues in Saudi. Selected as one of the 10 grantees of the Magnum Foundation/ Prince Clause/ AFAC grant in 2015, she began working on her project Saudi Tales of Love which was published in Time’s Lightbox, and later exhibited in PhotoKathmandu and Paris Photo. In April 2016, Tasneem was selected by British Journal Photography among best 16 emerging photographers to watch, and PDN's 30 photographers to watch in 2017. Her project 'Saudi Tales of Love' won 1'st prize in Sony World Photo Awards, for contemporary Issues in 2017. Professional Experience: Investigative Writer/Photographer, Freelance, Middle East. Works for international media on hard news as well as long form features. Working now on book for her recent project “Saudi Tales of Love”, based on women sharing complex marriage theories and experiences.
6 imagesTanya Habjouqa (Jordan, 1975) is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. Represented by NOOR, she approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 (winning her a World Press Photo award in 2014). She mentors young grantees from across the Arab region for Magnum Foundation’s “Emerging Arab Photographer Documentary Fund” together with the Prince Claus Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. For full profile, visit www.tanyahabjouqa.com Here is a brief selection from Occupied Pleasures. Occupied Pleasures presents a nuanced, multi-dimensional portrayal of humanity’s ability to find pleasure in the face of trying circumstances in Occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza. Occupied Pleasures straddles passive and active meanings: to be occupied under Israel, and to occupy oneself, joyfully and defiantly, in pastime and simple pleasures. More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where the political situation regularly intrudes upon the most mundane of moments. Movement is circumscribed and threat of violence often hangs overhead. This creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures, and a sharp sense of humour about the absurdities that a 48-year occupation has produced.