| American, Syrian|
| U.S.A., Syria|
| 1 November 1979 (1979-11-01) Damascus, Syria|
since 2006, professional since 2013
Sima Diab (Damascus, November 1979) is a Syrian-American photographer and press photographer who has portrayed the convulsions of her country, Syria, in 2015, that suffers a civil war from 2011.
Her career as a photographer started in 2006 and she is a professional photographer since 2013. Her works have been published in the most important newspapers written in English around the world, like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and others.
She has been granted in the 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program from AFAC / Prince Claus Fund / Magnum Foundation.
Sima Diab Wikipedia
Sima Diab was born in November 1979, in Damascus, capital of Syria. She was educated between the United States and Syria, returning to the Middle East permanently in 2002 after finishing her university education in the US. She began to travel with her camera by 2006 and visited Near East. After this stage, she finally settle in Egypt in 2007 and she is based in Cairo.
She is a professional press photographer from 2013. Her photographic work focuses on features, social documentaries, daily life and conditions in the Arab diaspora and the Arab world.
Diab is recognised by her photographic works, considered very personal and committed, on the Syrian Civil War and on the Syrian population that is overburden. She mixes emotions and movements to convey her own experience of the facts.
In 2015 she began a photographic project about the way and the hard life in the Serbo-Hungarian migratory route, before Hungary closed the borders. The photographer reflects the urgency of finding shelter, of finding a new crossing by the border between Serbia and Croatia, the fear and the embarrassment. The pictures reveal the uncertainty, the launch and the need to build another life.
Her works as a freelancer photographer have been published in the most important newspapers written in English around the world, like The New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed News, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and others.
She is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
She is a selected winner of American Photography Best of Photography 2015 AP32. She has been granted in the 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program from Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Prince Claus Fund and Foundation Magnum.
Most important exhibitions:Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Average, United Kingdom
EverydayClimateChange: Milan Exhibition part of Milan Expo 2015, Milan, Italy
EverydayClimateChange: Photoville 2015, New York Cityk, United States
Exhibition Chemins d'exil / Ways of exile. Institut Français Espagne 2016, Madrid, Spain