Something about me

I was born in beautiful Lebanon. I lived with my family, parents, two brothers, two sisters and a whole tribe of relatives in a small village called Kousba in North Lebanon. I went to school and later graduated from The American University in Beirut. Having had enough of the war and feeling the need to expand my horizons, I moved to New York at age 21, where I first discovered my passion for art overall, and photography in particular.

I attended art classes at Parsons School of Design, HB acting studio and later apprenticed with various photographers in New York. In New York City, I found my home, or should I say 8 homes. It is there that I met and grew my best friendships and my most significant life forming experiences.

Since 1996 my photography has spanned the globe. My photo exhibits including a solo show in Lausanne, Switzerland, mostly feature my favorite sub­jects: children, ancient monuments,portraits, and landscapes from my travels.

I am very lucky to have my  photographic works used in renowned educational programs internationally—including Talking Hands Talking Feet, New York’s Earth School, Something Good in the World, and the Shalom Templata multi­cultural program. My photographs have been published in various magazines, websites and news media. You can find some of my work on Getty Images as well.

Since 1997, I have led summer art camps for children in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. I founded the acclaimed Blue Star Youth Movement to foster budding talents in art and photography for teenagers.  I currently live in Shanghai with my husband and our young daughter and I work as a freelance photographer on a variety of projects that take me around the world.

Feel free to contact me on any of my sites if you have any interest in my work,  to request  permission to use my photographs, or to purchase limited edition prints.

174 thoughts on “Something about me

  1. Hello. Just wanted to say that I find your work to be inspiring and I really like the emotive quality of your photos! Kudos, and I look forward to future posts! 🙂

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  2. dear Mimo
    thanks for opening our eyes to see , feel thank , care , question the humanity and the blue planet via your eyes and all your senses and passion and tasking you from young age took on your Shoulders, not because it heavy but because it all your brothers and sister ( and I feel one of them) . you take us for places all around the world but it very much inside each one of us this world ,,,so we better stand up and do good for the world for children for youth for respectful ages , places , ecologies to be aware and clean in our mind and hearts to give hands ,,, to care and help
    thanks so much for your steady help in the y-top

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  3. Your photographs are… unbelievably amazing. I am completely awestruck and now so very happy I stumbled upon your blog. Your humanness – kind and generous – that you express in your words, transcends into your photography. Absolutely… cool. 🙂 all the best, Anna

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  4. Hi Mimo,

    I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan. First of all I wanted to say your photography has had a profound affect on me. I’m not familiar with all of your photographs, but the few that I have seen are so inspirational to me. There was one photograph in particular of a girl in Lebanon; I first saw the photo of her in a post on Yahoo!. The photo was of a small, green-eyed child from Lebanon, and spelled out on her fingers were the words “love” in both English and Arabic. If I’m not mistaken, I believe I read that her parents had passed away not too long before the photo was taken (maybe a few days or so). I found it amazing that this little girl could still have those words written on her fingers after all she had been through. She should be an inspiration to anyone who represents love and peace in the world.

    I don’t have a website that I want to use this photograph for; however, I did want to use it to hang in my apartment. It’s so amazing how this little girl could inspire me while on the other side of the world, and she doesn’t even know it! But the photo is amazing and what she represents is even deeper. Because of that, I would truly be blessed if you grant me permission to use this photo to hang in my apartment in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I believe her message and what she represents should be spread across the entire world in some way, shape, or form, and by me using the photo to show off as art, I’m hoping that I could fulfill that goal.

    I adore the photo so much that I just had to write you. I’ve been trying to find an email address that would tie me directly to you, but all I could find was this comment section on the website. I thank you so much and I hope to hear from you soon. If you do write back, please email me directly and we could have a conversation on the steps that I would need to take to acquire your permission, even if that means me paying some amount!

    Thank you so much for everything. How your photographs inspire people can’t be put into words. Keep doing what you love!!

    My email address is irvingjo@umich.edu

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  5. Hi Mimo, my wife stumbled on your site by chance, and it was very nice to find out that the little girl who was my neighbor in Kousba is today such a skilled artist.
    By now you’re wondering who is this. I’m Georges Youssef, Joumana’s brother, I live in Chicago and have been since I came here in 1979.
    Anyway I just wanted to say that your work is wonderful and you’re very talented. I wish you all the luck success and happiness.

    Georges Youssef

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  6. Love your pictures. Is there anything that can be done for the little green eye girl who lost her family and now is at a refugee camp? Adoption? Does she have more family? financial support?

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  7. I love your connection to people. I really like your pictures of Asian faces, young and old (my daughters are Chinese). There are stories for each one and you can see so much in their eyes. Thank you for your beautiful work…

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  8. Hi Mimo,
    I am touched by your photo of Reem and her situation. I have a great interest in this girl. Can you verify if she is still in a refugee camp in Lebanon? If there anyone on the ground who can make contact with Syrian refugee camps? Please call me at 828-550-2293 or email me below.
    Thank you so much,
    Shelley Costello

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  9. Hi! You posted a picture of a little girl in a Syrian refugee camp. Is she available to be adopted? Contact me at the email address I provided, please. How could I get in touch with her?

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  10. Love your photos. I’m particularly interested in the shots around Japan and China because I’m living in this region now. I’m, myself, just discovering my interest in photography. I’m a very beginner, so a bit overwhelmed how to start, but your shots are really inspiring. Keep it up! By the way, out of curiosity, do you have any shots from Korea?

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      1. Sure 🙂 could you by chance link me to those photos? Or give me some suggestions how to find them on here? I’ve been living in Seoul for a year and fell in love with photography through this city and country…your photos are great, so it’d be great to see your view on korea. Enjoy Shanghai!

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      2. Hi, I would really like more info on the girl on yahoo. The one who lost her family with the word love on her hand. I would love to be able to reach out to her and help her in any way possible. Thank you

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      3. Thanks for the picture of the little girl with green eyes and love on her hand. I would like to know if there is a way to adopt her to the United States. She deserves a better life for sure. At least let me know where she is so I can contact the appropriate people. Thanks so much for your work and efforts Mimo.

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  11. Hello Mimo,
    You have such a delicate and peaceful way of writing and conveying your artwork/photography/life journey.
    Beautiful finding tonight. I shall explore more in time.

    For now, I wish you all the best 🙂

    Natalia

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  12. It is possibly no secret that your beautiful photographs show your highly skilled technique. From my point of view, however, it is even more evident and important how clearly they show your warm heart and the way in which you connect with the subjects in your pictures. All the best, Marcus.

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  13. “the Shalom Templata multi­cultural program”? – how marvellous! A very catholic arrangement (lower case deliberate, of course). Compliments on your work; you must be proud.

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  14. As I viewed some of your photos, my passion for photography has grown even more. Then reading your bio I realized you are living the life I’d love to live. Maybe a bit differently but all the same with the same passion. Thanks for giving me the encouragement through your work.

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  15. I absolutely love your photos! After reading your post “Searching for Home” I couldn’t relate anymore than I already do! Being in Shanghai, you must meet plenty of people with the same sentiments. And aren’t you lucky to be there? Shanghai was home for 8 years before I moved back to the US for college. I still go back in the winter to see my family, so if I’m lucky, it would be great to meet such an accomplished and wonderful person such as you 🙂

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  16. Hi !
    Your photographs are absolutely captivating and beautifully shot !
    Have you ever thought of going to Singapore to shoot the busy lives of the Singaporean street or even open an exhibition there? Also are you planning on opening any exhibitions in Shanghai, I’d love to visit and enjoy more of your work and I’m sure others will too !

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  17. Your photos really have what people call the ‘wow factor’ – but that doesn’t really do them justice. People are always the best subjects, no? Keep up the amazing work – glad to have chanced upon your blog.

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  18. It’s a pleasure to meet you. :0) You’re one of the best “natural photographers” I’ve seen, probably ever (and I’ve seen lots and lots over the years). I think you have more talent in your pinky than so many people I’ve met. No hype- just raw talent. [applause!] And it’s good to see the monochromatic film grain and blur. Love it. xo Take care, -Birgitta

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      1. Hey, anytime. 🙂 if you don’t mind my asking, what do you shoot with and what lens did you use mostly for these pics? I love the natural appeal they have and the fact that you’re not afraid to use semi-slowed shutter speed. (Love that.) Your photojournalistic portraits have really good shadows and highlights- great gamma and contrast. I’ve honestly never been more impressed with anyone’s street photos. You make that stuff look easy (I know better). I’d like to branch out more in that area but no matter how I try, I’m drawn more into the heavy shadows and still life/abstract. Anyway- good stuff here! Take care.

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  19. Thank you for liking my photos, and leaving a comment. You are a great photographer. Your work inspires me to play with my camera, some more. 🙂 Thank you, again.

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  20. Hi Mimo,

    Whilst looking for a particular type of image I came across your stunning picture, A Moment of Clarity. I am currently producing a play to show in London during September and we want an artistic image for our poster. The play is by a revered but troubled writer named Sarah Kane and the play, 4.48 Psychosis, is about a moment of clarity that she experiences amid the chaos of her own depression.

    I would love to use your image for our poster design, and we would of course credit you in all publicity and provide links to your blog and photo stream. If you are interested I would be very happy to emai you with more details about the production and venue.

    The link to the theatre is http://www.thedraytontheatre.co.uk/ and our company name is Crooked Pieces. Our website is currently under construction but please feel free to email me at crooked pieces@gmail.com. You can also find us on Twitter @crookedpieces and http://www.facebook.com/crookedpieces.

    Thanks Mimo, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Charlotte

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  21. Very pleased to stumble across your beautifully-made work, and site. Loved the pictures from Cambodia, and from Vietnam. Subscribing, and hope to return many times to see more. -Arran.

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  22. Hi there,

    I am a blogger at Lebanon Spring (http://lebanonspring.com), and I wish to use one of your flickr photos in one of my posts. It’s about the martyrs statue in downtown Beirut.

    There are lot of similar photos on the net, but I really liked yours. Can you please let me know if this is ok with you?

    The blog is about Lebanese and Middle Eastern current affairs, and is used as a personal non-profit blog,

    I intend to publish my post anytime now, so I appreciate any prompt response. I look forward to hear from you.

    Regards

    Zak

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    1. Hi Zak,
      Yes you may. Just please use with proper link back to the flickr photo. Hope my response is not too late for your blog entry. Thanks for your interest!
      Mimo

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  23. Hi Mimo, it is a true joy to discover all the openings to worlds deep and true that you seem to have an eye for in in whatever place you visit with your camera. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!

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  24. What you have done with your life and talent is absolutely fabulous. Being in Spain right now and seeing your pictures of Lebanon makes me miss it all the more. Especially the small things like the bread. Thank you for the memories!

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  25. Congratulations or should I say Mabrook for just been Freshly Pressed. I am always inspired by female photographers and look forward to more of your beautiful work soon. I missed the cheese flat pancake that I used to eat one fine morning in Beirut some years ago. Your pictures brought back the aroma of Lebanon. Cheers!

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  26. Hello dear, I’m a so happy to meet you here via WordPress 🙂
    I love your style in photography…thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.
    I visited Beirut once, way back 2005… Beirut is beautiful and most Lebanese women are lovely and sexy 🙂
    Thank you so much for your visit in my blog, I highly appreciate it. Have fun 🙂

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  27. Wow Mimo – just been looking through your various sites. Your dedication seems to know no bounds. You have a truly amazing body of work which I find thoroughly inspirational….and so modest in person too!

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  28. Greetings from London

    Very artistic photographs with feeling. From some of the phrases you use I feel you have been touched by Emin ways?

    May your path be illumined in 2012 x

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  29. Mimo, I can’t remember if I already told you that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m sure you’ve been awarded many times, but I hope you’ll accept mine as well! 🙂

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  30. Beautiful site! I lived in China 3 years: 2 in Hangzhou, 1 in Hunana, and a summer in Beijing, working for the Olympics. It was absolutely amazing! There’s so much to see and do there and what sights and sounds! I look forward to following your blog and seeing your take on Shanghai and other travels! 🙂

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    1. You must have great stories to tell from your travels here! I do love living in China and so many impressions! I just followed your blog and I look forward to seeing more! Thanks for your visit!

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  31. Hi Mimo.

    Thank you for visiting my very humble photo blog. I wish I could take amazing photos, like yours, but I am not very talented. I have to hope that my posts can provide a little interest, and maybe inspiration for others that are maybe starting out on travelling or photography. Perhaps this is most likely to be newly retired people like myself.

    I find your blog and the links on it very interesting, which brings me to my other problem, of finding enough time to read everything that I would like to. When retired, there is never enough time. I am already feeling guilt about the amount of time that I spent at the computer, neglecting my other responsibilities, and of course, photography.

    Thank you for a really great blog.

    Dave

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    1. Thank you very much Dave for your kind comments. I think your blog is wonderful and I am in agreement with you about the time needed for reading, I try to keep my blogs short and to the point for that reason. I look forward to following your musings!

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  32. Hi Mimo! It’s really fascinating and inspiring to see your work and to know about you. I am not a photographer.. But I really appreciate how you capture your surrondings.. Please do continue to inspire us.. 😀 – Shravya

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  33. Wow! Stunning lady, warrior, compassionate soul & a photography genius ! — Now that’s truly inspirational ! ; )

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    sleepless, EL : )

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  34. Mimo
    your energy, enthusiasm, courage, devotion, passion and love are transcribed in everything you do; whether it is those amazing photos or the words you write. I have never met you but feel I know you…. I admire and respect so much what you do. I hope that very soon our paths will finally cross.
    I wish you a continued safe journey into the unknown… what an accomplishment! Stay safe,
    Best, Leslie

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