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Amira Al-Sharif is an independent Yemeni photographer with over seventeen years of experience documenting the beauty and suffering of her beloved war-torn country, in particular, the wisdoms of women young and old. In 2010, Al-Sharif studied photojournalism and documentary photography at New York’s International Center of Photography. Yemeni Women with Fighting Spirits, her long-term documentary project on the resilience of Yemeni women, was published in the best-selling anthology Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World. Her work has been widely published in international publications such as National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the New York Times, as well as by humanitarian organizations like Oxfam, Islamic Relief, UNHCR, UNICEF among others. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards such as, the Arab Funds for Art and Culture grant, Prince Claus Fund for Cultural Development, World Press Photo Foundation, and Samir Kassir Foundation. Al-Sharif was selected for World Press Photo Foundation’s 6x6 Global Talent Program in 2019 and is a member of Women Photograph. Currently, Al-Sharif is an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, where she is working on her photo-driven nonfiction book His Weapons Are Unwise: The War in Yemen From the Perspective of Yemeni Women (2020/2021). (Photo shot near Al Borigha, Yemen, 2017. Photo sponsor: Martha Wrenn.)


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