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AUB Alumni Art Expo

February 19th, 2013

Last week, on 15th and 16th February, the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its first ever Alumni Art Expo. It brought together work by over 60 established and emerging artists – painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic and jewelry designers – from among AUB’s alums.

I was privileged to participate in the exhibition, with two of my two photographs being showcased. The two photos are below.

King Jimmy


This portrait was taken two years ago in a tiny village in Northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago. It is of one of the people dearest to me. An extraordinary heart. And a man’s man. I captured this photograph some days after I’d first met him, when our friendship was still in its budding stages. There was just something about the way he stood, cigarette dangling, that seemed to call to the photographer in me. When I raised the camera to my eye and he looked up, it all just seemed to come together. Click.

The Little Light in the Dark

This photograph I’ve featured on my blog before, but here it is again anyway. This picture is special to me for many reasons (see here). Among them also is the sense of wonder I always get when I look at it. The clear blue of the water. The rising steam (the water was at a gloriously warm 40 degrees Celcius, while outside it was just 3 or 4). The light. The fact that my wonderful wife, all wrapped up in layer upon layer, had insisted on going out and exploring – on foot – the lake Myvatn area in Iceland, despite a raging fever…

Here is a review of the exhibition by lOrient-le-Jour newspaper (sorry guys, it’s in French). I’m particularly stunned and honored that the newspaper pointed to me as being one of two photographers it found of particular interest. 

You can find out more about the exhibition at AUB’s website here.


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Sitting for a Portrait

December 9th, 2009

So, I was featured in The National newspaper the other day as part of a story on the elections for the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

I was in the running as a candidate, hence my being featured. I eventually pulled out of the elections for various reasons (and indeed, had done so by the time the story ran). But anyway.

If you’re interested, you can read the full story here.

The National sent a staff photographer, Ryan Carter, for a photoshoot for the story. I must say, was odd being on the other side of the lens for once. But it was great to meet and chat with Ryan and to see how he worked.

Here’s a picture from that shoot:

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - November 24, 2009: Ziad Salloum, sits for a portrait at the Beach Rotana hotel, he is campaigning for the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce Elections. ( Ryan Carter / The National )

The picture was lit with one flash shooting through a softbox on a light stand set to camera left. I love the effect he’s made and the richness of the red curtain behind.

I highly recommend checking out Ryan’s website here for some great travel shots and some cool photos of scenes which you don’t commonly get to see in the UAE.


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