Seeing Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Tasneem Alsultan
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Photojournalist Tasneem Alsultan’s (@tasneemalsultan) work aims to transcend stereotypes and bring the world closer together. “Everyone can understand a picture and feel something,” says Tasneem. “Photography is a way to show how similar we are.” Woven into her life and work are themes of finding commonality between cultures and fostering understanding. First, it was out of necessity. As a child, Tasneem adapted to new people and places often due to frequent moves with her parents from the US to England, and later to Saudi Arabia, where she now resides.
The mother of two calls upon her audiences to look beyond their own constructs and preconceived notions, as she finds more similarities in the world than differences. Her earlier work as a wedding photographer observed this truth that continues to affect her work: “It’s the only thing that’s universal: love, tears, happiness and laughter — all of those emotions in one day are the things that really unite us,” she says.