Heba Khamis


“Heba Khamis' projects show that she's able to work with very intimate and difficult topics in a compassionate and ethically correct way. Her project ‘Banned Beauty’ about breast ironing in Cameroon is visually strong and challenging. Her project ‘Undocumented’, about sex work in Germany, shows her respect for the people whom she photographs”

- Søren Pagter, Denmark, photojournalism department head The Danish School of Media and Journalism

Heba Khamis is an Egyptian storyteller whose work concentrates on social issues that are sometimes ignored.

In 2017 Heba participated in World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart Masterclass, was awarded with PHmuseum’s Women Photographers Grant and received an Ian Parry award.

After graduating with a bachelor in painting, Heba made a career shift and worked as a staff photojournalist for El Tahrir Egyptian daily newspaper and as a freelancer with international news agencies such as AP, EPA and Xinhuanet covering the two revolutions in Egypt, and their aftermath.

After volunteering in Uganda, Heba's style developed from hard news to documentary photography, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues in Africa. More recently Heba has been working on breast ironing issues in Cameroon and refugee issues in Germany.

In 2016 Heba received her diploma in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. In 2017 she earned another diploma in photojournalism from Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She is working on mixing her artistic skills and photojournalistic experience to develop her own style of documentation.

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Heba Khamis