Muhammed Muheisen

chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan Associated Press, Jordan

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Muhammed Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981, graduated with a degree in journalism and political science.

He is the Associated Press (AP) chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Muheisen joined AP in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the US led-war in Iraq, including the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP's chief photographer for the region, covering events there like the Yemeni revolution and the Syrian civil war, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, and South Africa, including the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela. Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.

His work has received numerous international awards, including breaking news Pulitzer Prizes in 2005 and 2013 for his coverage of the war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria, Time magazine's Best Wire Photographer of 2013, and Picture of the Year in 2007's POYI. Most recently, he was awarded the Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism. He was also a participant of the prestigious 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and a member of masterclass selection committee in 2015.

Among other exhibitions, a collection from a decade of his work about life in war was exhibited in 2013 at the French photo festival Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. In 2014, his work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels and, most recently, his work about displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston.



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An interview with Jordanian photographer Muhammed Muheisen about his project 'Alhamdulillah (Praise to God)', which he shot for the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass.

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