About

Tasneem was born in the US and educated in England, returning to Saudi for her undergraduate studies. Her masters focused on the ethnographic study of Saudi women abroad, receiving an MA from Portland State University. After years of teaching in universities between Saudi and the United States, she ventured into photography. As one of the premiere wedding photographers in the GCC, Tasneem documented the traditions and cultures that were celebrated. After shooting weddings for five years, she now uses her story telling experience to document topics focusing on human rights specific to gender and social issues in Saudi. In April 2016, Tasneem was selected by British Journal Photography among best 16 emerging photographers to watch. She soon joined Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East.

Professional Experience:

Investigative Writer/Photographer, Freelance, Middle East. Works for international media on hard news as well as long form features. Covered the first women’s voting and elections in Saudi Arabia, which took place in different cities across the country, for National Geographic. Also, covered stories in Saudi for Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, and New York Times Lens Blog