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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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From Armenian background, I was born in Damascus, Syria in 1984. My late father was one of the best professional photographers in the region and his profession and photographic equipment fascinated me since I was a child. In 2002, I joined him to work at his studio, which was the most important advertising photography studio & photo laboratory in Damascus, Syria. Throughout the years, I gained a lot of experience working by his side; especially when assisting him in his projects, among them; photographing the private collection of the National Museum of Damascus, Syria in 2008, as well as archiving Syria through photoshooting all its cities and landmarks, which was one of the most important projects that he worked on throughout his life. Along with working at my father’s photography lab, I took drawing lessons at the artist Adnan Abdulrahman’s atelier, and in 2005 I started studying photography by correspondence at the New York Institute of Photography, where I received my Professional Photography Diploma in 2008. The same year, I got the chance to travel to Dubai and work as an Assistant Photographer for well known photographers in the city such as Phil Baber and Tommy Morris. After returning to Damascus, I started working full time at one of the best art galleries in the Middle East. In 2011, when the gallery moved its headquarters to Dubai, UAE, I moved there as well, where my main tasks were photo shooting artworks professionally, editing them, printing limited edition prints as well as archiving the art. Being surrounded since I was born by this world of photography and art, my passion for art was flourishing day after day. In the last few years, I have exhibited my photographs in different parts of the world, and the most exciting moments for me now are when I see my works showcased somewhere, so I can share them with the world.
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Ayyam Gallery
Head of Inventory, Photography and Printing Departments
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
September 2011 - present
Education
New York Institute of Photography
Professional Photography Diploma
New York, United States
Last update: 01.02.2017
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