Osama Esid
©Osama Esid

©Osama Esid

Damascus, Syria, 1970. He lived in Syria until he was 24, where he worked together with his father as a tailor, a profession that has had a great influence on his photographic discourse. Nowadays he lives in the United States.

His work investigates the social views and stereotypes that have been created in the past, both in the West and in the East, which somehow persist in the collective subconscious. Esid presented three series in GETXOPHOTO. Orientalism, with its exotic and sensual connotations from a contemporary point of view, generates a vast range of creative and theoretical possibilities, which reveal the existing contradictions in the creation of clichés. Distorted City is an artistic view of the vast metropolis of Cairo from the present using a visual language from the past. The technique of sun developing makes these images, today, appear unreal. To carry out the series Cairo Street Workers he set up an studio in the city streets, and he challenged passing workers to regard him as one of them, a tired, itinerant businessman, who waits patiently with his wooden camera and flimsy backdrop.

 

©Osama Esid

©Osama Esid