Photographer and Princess of Saudi Arabia
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Granddaughter of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Princess Reem Al Faisal is a well-known photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the world. Al Faisal graduated from Manarat High School in Jeddah and studied Arabic Literature at the King Abdul Aziz University. Wanting to study photography, she moved to Paris where she attended the Speos School. She began traveling and taking photographs; her collection reflects her travels to China, Egypt, Florence, Istanbul, Jeddah, Japan, Medina, Syria, and Venice. The subjects of her photographs include Muslims in America, the Nation of Islam, and landscapes. Al Faisal is well-known for her wide black-and- white photographs. Her most recent project documented the experience of Hajj and required several years to complete. She is one of the few women to have photographed Hajj extensively. Al Faisal has two publications, Diwan Al Noor: A Photographic Journey through Light, Water, and People and The Hajj. She has had several exhibitions of her work in Dubai, Bahrain, Egypt, Palestine, China, Singapore, Korea, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her collections can be viewed in the Sakakin Center in Ram Allah, Palestine; The National Museum of Seoul Korea; and The National Gallery of Jordan. More recently, she founded the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai, the only gallery to solely exhibit photography, and has also helped to open a branch of the Speos photography school in the same city.