FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

For Tasneem Alsultan, artistic photography has no limits
Updated 07 March 2019
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FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

Tasneem Alsultan is a Saudi-American photographer whose work is known for highlighting gender and social issues within Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, Athr Gallery hosted the first Saudi edition of GPP Slidefest in Jeddah. The highly popular art slideshow format saw inspirational Saudi and regional artists and photographers display their latest creative works through intimate, personal, and powerful artistic narratives.

Alsultan has covered local art stories in Saudi Arabia for both Vanity Fair Italy and Vogue Italia, and her photography has been featured in publications such as the New York Times Lens Blog.

Tasneem Alsultan: Documenting change in Saudi Arabia

Alsultan’s art presentation was an unconventionally honest wedding-themed slideshow. Having photographed more than 120 weddings worldwide, she specializes in capturing what could only be described as the imperfectly perfect candid shots. In recent years, she has been selected by the British Journal of Photography as one of the 16 emerging photographers to watch.

Alsultan works as a freelance investigative writer and photographer in the Middle East for international media organizations. She works on hard news stories as well as longer features. She received her basic education in the UK. Later she received her bachelor’s degree from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. She also received a master’s degree in social linguistics and anthropology from Portland State University, US. 

She worked as a lecturer for some years in universities between Saudi Arabia and the US, and then ventured into photography, beginning her career as a wedding photographer.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.