Tamara Abdul Hadi was born to Iraqi parents in the UAE and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts she moved to Dubai, UAE and began her photography career. Working at Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist and photo editor in 2005, she then went on to work for the New York Times, based out of the UAE. She has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times to name a few. Alongside her photojournalism work, Abdul Hadi created and taught photography workshops in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Tunis with the goal of engaging women and children through the creative arts.
Tamara chooses to focus on personal photography projects that deal with social change, underrepresented communities, and through her work strives to humanize the subjects she takes on. Her images have been exhibited in Dubai, Beirut, Kuwait, Canada, The US, UK, Sweden, Spain, Hungary and France.
Abdul Hadi is a founding member of the photography collective, Rawiya, which consists of 6 women photographers based in the Middle East.