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 lived in Shanghai with my husband and our young daughter from 2006 to 2017 and I worked as a freelance photographer on a variety of projects that took me around the world.

I currently reside in Germany with my teenage daughter and run workshops, photography walks and work as a freelance photographer.

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.

176 comments

  1. Dear Mimo Khair,
    My name is Carlos Irineu, but nowadays I mostly go by my artistic name Charles K.
    We used to chat a bit in Instagram back in 2014 or something like that. If I remember correctly you were traveling a lot but most of the images were from China. I remembered colored blurred experiments with people can’t umbrellas in Shanghai.
    I’ve always been very impressed with your work and I’m glad to see it’s still evolving.
    I have rediscovered you by chance today. I’d like to know if you’d be ok with letting me use 4 ~ 6 images from your Flickr feed, in whatever resolution you might want, fully credited, obviously. That would be for an article I’m writing. The working title is “Negating negative space” and my main point is that everything in most well conceived images is “assertive”. I can’t write the whole article here but I can send you a draft if you’d like to understand my views before letting your images be a part of it. 🙂
    And that would be for WASEmag, a small global magazine (it’s viewed in 120 countries by Google’s least count but it hasn’t got hundreds of thousands of viewers) that only publishes galleries about exclusive human nude art. I happen to be the person who created it 2 years ago and now I’m getting more essays about art & creativity into our soon to be released website.
    You might be wondering “why me”, or why street photography in an nude art website. A fair question for which there are two answers.
    Firstly I believe that while it’s editorialy hard to publish street, landscapes & nudes at the same time, to me most photography done with artistic intent share this concern about “being here”, capturing moments and taking about our relationship with ourselves, others, nature. People on the streets, refugees, dancers, trees, mountains… There’s just one World and we try hard to talk about it in different ways.
    Secondly, when I was searching my mental archives for good examples where there’s a figure/background meltdown, where One can only be in relation to the Otherness, I remembered you.
    In many of your images nothing is “negative”: each element supports and opens up to the others.
    Here’s my IG and our current website follows below.
    Many thanks in advance for your time,
    Happy to catch up with your latest amazing work,
    Charles K.

  2. Hi do you have an email where I can reach you? thanks!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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

  5. amazing photos. it would be cool to meet you in person one day! i’m also in shanghai

  6. Beautiful photographs..!!! 🙂

  7. Just followed your blog. Wow your work is absolutely beautiful. <3

  8. 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

  9. Nice work. Great clicks.

  10. 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

  11. Your photography is great. Your art is so emotional. I’m curious if you sell you work?

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. Wow! you really have a beautiful blog. The photos – they’re really very charming.

  18. Toutes vos photos sont superbes ! Merci

  19. 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?

    • yes I do. Thanks for your comment 🙂

      • 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!

      • 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

      • 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.

  20. Congratulations. I’ve nominated for an award wordpress bloggers THE CRACKING CHRISPMOUSE BLOGGYWOG AWARD. You can see the details here: http://juliamoral.com/2014/06/24/the-cracking-chrispmouse-bloggywog-award/

  21. A prayer on wings to follow you.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for an award 🙂 http://authortdoyle.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/an-award-ohhhh-myyyy/

    Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

  25. Your header picture is fantastic!! Absolutely amazing – well done 🙂 You are a very gifted photographer! Irene

  26. Tellement intéressant ! J’ aime ton travail. Merci !

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

  28. 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.

  29. Inspirational stuff.

  30. 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 🙂

  31. Beautiful pictures on your blog.

  32. Amazing body of work! Absolutely in awe and now a big fan.

  33. your work is great!!! congratulations and greetings from Germany….

  34. 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 !

  35. 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.

  36. 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

    • so sweet of you Brigitta! Thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words! So much appreciated.

      • 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.

  37. Really love your work. Thank you for the opportunity to share ideas!

  38. Pffffffffffffffff…. Quelle claque…. Je m’abonne… J’en veux plus !!!!
    Merci…

  39. wonderful life story…best wishes with your photography, and looking forward to seeing more of it!

  40. Petit wishes you a Christmas full of joy, happiness and good health ! I will leave a gift which you can find here – http://carmenfortis.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/blog-of-the-year-2012-christmas-gift-from-petit/
    Merry Christmas and have a beautiful winter time ! 😀

  41. I love your life! Mine seems so mundance in comparrison…..so keep on enjoying it & treating us to your wonderful images.

  42. Amazing Photographs. Good to know about you 🙂

  43. I know you’ve already been nominated before but letting you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – just wanted other people to see your beautiful photos. 🙂

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. Hi Mimo, I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Here is the link for the details: http://technikolordreamer.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/the-beautiful-blogger-award/

  48. 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

  49. 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!

  50. Very nice to “meet” you! What a lovely blog and fine photographic eye you have…a real pleasure!
    anne

  51. Magnificent work !!!
    I would like to nominate you for the Kreativ Blogger Award.
    Cheers
    Mathias

  52. As I looked through your stunning photos I thought, ‘With images like these Mimokhair would never be alone.’ Extraordinary. Your photos seem to be entities in themselves.

  53. I have enjoyed your blog tremendously with every posting and I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! See the post at this link http://lifewithsarcoidosis.com/2012/03/26/versatile-blogger-award/ and I look forward to many more posts from you. All the best! Basil Rene –http:// lifewithsarcoidosis.com

  54. Hi Mimo

    Really like your blog so I would like to nominate you for The Kreativ Blogger award. You definitely deserve it. You can find details on the page here along with the above posters lol http://russellchapman.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/kreativ-blogger-award/

    Russ

  55. Hi Mimo,

    Just to say I have nominated you for The Kreativ Blogger award. Please do not feel pressure to accept but you are very deserving of this accolade! Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog too! You can find details here:

    http://taniajessicasmith.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/why-am-i-pouring-myself-a-shot-in-a-furry-hat-6-awards-from-you-lovely-people-thats-why-cheers/

    Enjoy!

    Tan 🙂

  56. Possibly too cheesy for your taste, but I awarded you the Kreative Blogger award 🙂

  57. I recently found your blog and am looking forward to see it all. When you were living in NYC did you ever use Parkchester, the Bronx, statuary, buildings and people as a subject?

  58. Hi I found your blog thru “Frank” will take a good look at your photos. Your background is marvelous!

  59. Hello,

    Thank you for following me.
    Your work is amazing!

  60. 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!

  61. glad I came across your work / you – intrigued in an excited way – i’ll be back !

  62. Nice to meet a Lebanese pple here. Congratulation your post about Lebanon have been pressed!

  63. 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!

  64. Beautiful, honest, thoughtful photos. Inspiring. Thank you.

  65. Your photographs are breathtaking !!! Especially your latest black and white pictures. Your pictures talk a million 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

    Have a nice day !!!!

    Sujatha

    http://sumakanthan.wordpress.com/

  66. I just discovered your Blog(s) 🙂
    You are gifted in photography as in writing..
    Best Regards from Beirut..

    http://www.cloudoflace.com

  67. I came across your blog. Beautiful photos and blog. I look forward to reading more.
    Maralee
    throughmylens365.wordpress.com

  68. wonderful and inspirational photos! nice to meet you!

  69. 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 🙂

  70. you are awfully inspiring! thanks for existing <3

  71. 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!

  72. 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

  73. 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! 🙂

  74. Hunan* lol. Not Hunana…

  75. 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! 🙂

  76. 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

    • 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!

  77. 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

  78. You are amazing mimo:) I feel privledged to “know” you through 365 and to be inspired by your work- you encourage me to be a better photographer!

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

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    sleepless, EL : )

  80. Your work is not only beautiful but truly inspiring….

  81. good not to live in Syria nowadays …

  82. Great note about yourself, v.interesting! And wonderfully written 🙂
    Yet to view many of your photos, though I made a peek at some. They are great photos 🙂

  83. You have a most exquisite Space here my friend 🙂

    Androgoth

  84. I just stumbled upon your photography. Amazing, truly amazing.

  85. Your photography is beautiful. What a brilliant life you lead! 🙂

  86. nice photos…regards fr dubai

  87. Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing! Your experiences and passion for photography is definitely inspiring!

  88. You are such a talent, and I’m so happy to have found this blog. Simply amazing work.

  89. 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

  90. Brilliant, photos! Thanks for sharing them. I’m subscribing to your blog.

  91. Wonderful site. Beautiful photography.

  92. Just discovered this place. Very inspiring work as well as life! So glad to meet you 🙂

  93. Hi, nice to see your WordPress.

    Kind regards from Bangkok

  94. c’est qui la petite fille?

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