FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

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

FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

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.

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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.