Esam Hassanyeh was born in Sierra Leone and is Lebanese of origin. He was raised in the UK and has also lived in London, Paris, Jakarta, Dubai. For now, Abu Dhabi is his home.

He has a particular interest in people, culture and community. He is happiest when on the move with a camera and most comfortable, in the remotest of places with people he has never met before. Through his travels and photography, he is privileged to have met so many incredible people from around the world, heard their personal stories and captured moments of encounter with his camera.

Esam’s interest in storytelling started with movies. He prefers the old days when actors had class, films led with dialogue and cinematography was an art form. He also loved photographs as they captured a moment in time and allowed imagination to transcend the image. Esam started photography as a hobby in 2008. Before this, his day job was training people in banks and financial companies. He set up his own financial training company in Dubai in 2003 and also trained people on how to communicate with others in business.

When he is not traveling with his camera, he loves to snap buildings, places and spaces on his iPhone, ride his bike and play tennis…

The more we see in life, the more we see in ourselves…



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