The total number of pilgrims for the hajj season of this year is 2,352,120 plus my parents. 5.8.2019 #hajj #tasneemalsultan #dammam #saudiarabia #everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast
For as long as Saudi women can remember, a marriage contract can mean the beginning of a beautiful lifetime together between a husband and wife, and also a new male guardian. A husband could now renew her passport, permit or ban her from traveling and, if he chooses, take control of other aspects of her life. Many of us were lucky with fathers or later husbands who chose to give us the freedom to work and travel, but not everyone was so lucky. Yesterday it was announced that Saudi women will now have many more rights, including greater independence. I’m grateful to witness the change to a system which my daughters will only laugh at once they’re adults. Full story published in @nytimes https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/02/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-guardianship.html
With no preconceived notions of what this town would be like, I landed at Hail airport at 6am. My next flight out was at 4pm - that gave me only short period of time to explore. My Uber driver offered to give me a tour of his town - "We are the people of Hatim Alta'i, the most famous Arab man known for his generosity" he shared. Over a meal at a restaurant he mentioned as being one of the best in the city, he told me his family were unaware that he was an Uber driver. "It would be seen as an embarrassing job and I would worry that I am still single so it may affect my chances to marry" I convinced him that when he does find his bride, I would photograph his wedding. As he dropped me off to the airport, I asked him to let me pay him for our meal and the extra long drive that was not even part of the original Uber trip. He replied, "Hatim Alta'i wouldn't allow a guest to visit his town and leave without knowing we are the most generous of people. Inshallah (with God's will) I will meet you soon on my wedding day!" #hail #حائل #saudiarabia #everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast
“If a man knew he was tweeting for his future bride...” shares the groom. #socialmedia #wedding #Riyadh #saudiarabia #everydayeverywhere #everdaymiddleeast
When guys have a #sleepover. #riyadh #saudiarabia #everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast
Muhammad, a groom from Sudan, has been in Saudi for the last three years. Each day he tends to his horse at dawn and sunset, to prepare for the Riyadh race track. #riyadh #saudiarabia #horse #groom #everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast
The Saudi bride met the Kuwaiti groom, online before in person. “My friends introduced us via WhatsApp, thinking he could offer me help during my travel. The texts became longer and consistent, but...we’d never met in person at that point. Months later, once we did, I knew he was the one” #wedding #love #saudiarabia #kuwait #bahrain
“I remember not being in the mood to socialize that evening but my close friends insisted I go to the gathering. He was standing alone and we initially bonded over our lack of enthusiasm. Once we started talking we lost track of time...I remember telling my best friend later that evening I think I’ve met my match!” The Saudi couple chose to have their wedding in Bahrain. #bestfriendsknowbest #wedding #saudiarabia #bahrain
Not THAT type of booze. #nonalcoholic #halal #booze #riyadh #saudiarabia #soonmaybe
East in West #london #wedding
We too have shooting stars. #AlUla #saudiarabia
On this day last year, before the ban on women driving was lifted on 24th June 2018, I was watching whilst women secretly practiced to drive. Almost a year on and it feels as though we have always been afforded this ‘luxury’ Photographed for @nytimes 12.06.2018 #nytassignment #dammam #saudiarabia
“We were introduced the old fashioned way by his cousin and my sister-in-law. We didn’t know anything about one another - We started talking without any preconceived notions. Isn’t that the best way to get to know someone?” #bahrain #wedding
Yesterday I attended my second WWE in Saudi. I didn’t go as a photographer. And that was extremely difficult for the first hour. All my senses were itching to document every move, emotion and laugh. But I didn’t have a camera, so after a while my brain finally calmed and I just enjoyed. These photos were taken from November of last year, and I was busy running around with my cameras. Yes, at one point I was even documented by a crowd of men to trip over my cameras. Would love to know your thoughts: Can photography be an addiction or a means of therapy?
Eid Mubarak! Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead ❤️ عيدسعيد و ينعاد علينا وعليكم بالأفراح والمسرات #eidmubarak
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Stood in front of 2,000 French speaking guests and shared stories about Saudi, Love, and Femme Hors la loi [Female Outlaws]. Thanks to @livemagazine.fr for having me take part of a memorable two nights among journalists that have given me so much hope and plenty of goosebumps to hold on to. Photo by Jeremy Suyker
أحلى ما في رمضان هو تفاصيله، وين ما تروح تشوف الفوانيس اللي تنور لياليه. One of my favorite things about Ramadan is the details you’re surrounded by. Here a group of school boys share traditional songs around the Bujairi Park in Riyadh. #riyadh #saudiarabia #ramadan Photographed for Samba Bank
أحلى ما في رمضان هو تفاصيله، وين ما تروح تشوف الفوانيس اللي تنور لياليه. شاركوني صوركم للحظة رمضانیة حلوة على #كل_لحظة_وانتم_بخیر وباختار أحلى 10 صور يفوزون بأجهزة آيفون من @SambaBank عالتويتر. اهم شي المسابقة عالحسابهم في التويتر، مش هنا!
مشهد لفتني لبنات لابسين البخنق والجلابيات وفي قمة سعادتهم. شاركوني صوركم للحظة رمضانیة حلوة على #كل_لحظة_وانتم_بخیر وباختار أحلى 10 صور يفوزون بأجهزة آيفون من @SambaBank عالتويتر. اهم شي المسابقة عالحسابهم في التويتر، مش هنا!
"His sister had him add me on Instagram without him knowing. She sensed that we would match. A few likes, sweet comments and cute jokes later, I added him back..." #bahrain #manama #wedding #everydayeverywhere
There are so many of us who are blessed enough to have loving mothers with whom we can spend this special day with. Today, my thoughts are with those who have lost their mothers or who are not fortunate enough to spend Mother's Day celebrating with them. #mothersday
Tomorrow is the first day of the month Ramadan. The Month of Ramadan is known for its generosity, hence the Arabic word "Kareem". During this month, Muslims abstain from food/drinks and many pleasures to appreciate and think of others. There is also a greater commitment to give charity to the needy and less fortunate. The neighbors in Alrakah district have set out every Ramadan to contribute to a catering company that will daily feed a couple of hundred visitors outside the mosque. Many foreign workers and some locals sit outside in waiting for the Maghreb Athan (call to prayer during sunset) to announce the breaking of fast. I photographed this event two years ago on the first day of Ramadan, and looking forward to photographing more of this special month this year. #saudiarabia #dammam #everydaymiddleeast #everydayeverywhere #ramadan #fasting #mosque
From ‘Cyber Lords of Arabia’ by Tasneem Alsultan ( @tasneemalsultan), a 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mohammad Alhamdan sits in a bathtub after being filmed for a music video, in Beirut, Lebanon. Alhamdan used to work at McDonalds. Now McDonalds pays him the equivalent of two years of his old salary to just mention the brand on his social media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In recent years, Saudis across the country have managed to harness available social media platforms to engage in discussion on key issues impacting the lives of Saudi citizens. Many have used social media outlets to promote, challenge and explore ways to adapt social and cultural norms. Modern technology has impacted and altered traditional Saudi ‘norms’ in ways that are often unknown to the rest of the world, leading to the creation of a solid base of Saudi social media pioneers and influencers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While social media has led to positive developments for some Saudi influencers, this has not been the case for everyone. A number of social media influencers who were vocal politically in the country, have been detained without due process. The only public information shared by the Saudi government is linked to their supposed use of social media to entice and cause stress to Saudi society. Ironically, the Saudi establishment is known to tolerate and even promote social media activity among Saudi youth as a means of boosting the Kingdom’s image, but is at the same time harshly intolerant of challenges to the establishment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Cyber Lords of Arabia’ endeavours to capture the nuances of the unique ways in which Saudis have taken to social media to change and enhance their lives.These pioneers and influencers are cementing a more open space for future Saudi youth to thrive and develop their voices without the same restrictions that they currently face. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -------- ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @worldpressphoto has just announced this year’s 12 participants selected for World Press Photo’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass. Meet the #JSM2019 participants & learn more by following the link in their bio.
School girls visit the beaches of Galle, Sri Lanka. #galle #srilanka
One of the rare occasions where I I was ignored while I was photographing. Whilst I can fully understand their reservations and apprehensions, I am always thankful for those who do not feel threatened by a camera. #Riyadh #saudiarabia #everydaymiddleeast #everydayeverywhere
“We were always drawn to each other, there was something in ourselves that we saw without even speaking. Yes we’re cheesy, we always will be. But it’s truly something that we find in us that we have never experienced before. It connects us in a way that we both can’t explain. We speak through our eyes, listen through touch, and words cannot begin to express the feeling of love that we have. That’s how we know, best friends, lovers, and for always soulmates.” #kuwait #marriage #wedding
Currently, 70% of women report that they don’t feel represented in media and advertising. You can’t be what you can’t see, so I have set out to change that by partnering with @girlgaze @dove and @gettyimages on Project #ShowUs, and had the pleasure of getting to photograph the Saudi therapist and dear friend @rozanaalbanawi. Alongside 116 female-identifying and non-binary photographers across the world, we have photographed 179 diverse, beautiful and complex women who we believe represent the change we want to see in the beauty industry. Our rallying cry is join Project #showus
#sanfrancisco #california #goldengatebridge
It’s surreal to find myself included among names I’ve looked up to. Thank you @catchlight.io for including me in 2019’s fellows. Boarding a 16 hour flight to SF to gain inspiration from @shahidul001, @aidamuluneh @andreabruce, @sarahblesener and many more. “Visual storytelling establishes common ground for our society and democracy. Images allow us to share in the emotions, stories and values that bind us. With them, history becomes easier to access; we are more engaged. CatchLight believes in the power of visual storytelling to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the world. It serves as a transformational force, urgently bringing resources and organizations together to help grow a thriving visual ecosystem. Our goal is to help support, fund, amplify, create and grow visual storytellers at all levels.” https://www.catchlight.io/catchlight-fellows
“We were introduced the old fashioned way by his cousin and my sister-in-law. We didn’t know anything about one another - We started talking without any preconceived notions. Isn’t that the best way to get to know someone?” #bahrain #wedding #everydaymiddleeast #everydayeverywhere
I don't think anyone likes having their culture or identity mocked. It's a natural instinct to defend your own, but admit that only you can mock them. I realize I do the same when it comes to my Saudi fellow nationals, especially the male. However, when I ridicule or question, I hope to do so in a safe zone, among friends and people who recognize the mistakes and challenges we need to pursue and change. I post this image of my young brother who turns 27 today, playing with his nieces. In all the different currents of life that I've had to face, he has always been consistent in his calmness and help. Whenever I'm upset about the legalities of this country or the struggles I face as a woman, I am reminded by him that masculinity is sometimes an aid and not an opposition. He's encouraged, listened, and defended me when I had no one else. If every man was like you, and every woman had a brother like you...Happy birthday Abu Sami. May you always be surrounded by love and peace ya habibi. #saudiarabia #jubail #brother
Traditional Nigerian weddings are famous for the elaborate sense of fashion, humour and long list of guests. Whilst shooting Dami and Ohioze's wedding, I noticed the amazing chemistry they had. Dami is super social whilst Ohioze is quiet and calm. "A magnet can never attract the same sign. He calms me. Always seeing the best in me..." shares Dami. #nigeria #marriage #wedding #dubai
The short version is: This story is about a Russian guy who lived in Paris, who made a short visit to Trichy in India, where he met a Belgian girl, to which he fell in love with; and planned a wedding at the same spot he met her at...the ashram in India. Now for the long one...you can read it on the blog or @tasneemalsultanweddings #weddings #trichy #india #hindu #hinduwedding
Before white bridal dresses were introduced to weddings in the Arab gulf countries (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the UAE), Arab brides would wear one or more colorful hand woven silk and gold colored threaded dresses accompanied by gold and pearl jewelry decorating their hair and hands. Elderly women would surround the bride singing folklore songs while she sat with her palms and feet being decorated with henna. Her friends, singing and dancing, would replace the decorative fabric over her head after every song. The groom would only enter in the late hours of the evening to walk his bride out as their guests threw money and candy at them both for good luck. Nowadays, a few brides celebrate the traditional Khaleeji henna night called Jelwa/Jalawat or Ghomra. This happens, most often, a day or two before the wedding. #everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast #abudhabi #uae #khaleeji #gcc #henna #jelwa
I was on assignment for @nytimes photographing women who were practicing riding motorcycles, only days before the lift of the ban in Saudi Arabia. I got to meet the Harley Davidson riders in the city of Khobar and I immediately noticed Doaa Bassem's bubble-gum pink hair and stylishly ripped jeans. She always had a smile on her face and I soon learned that at age 14, she knew how to change the oil of her father’s car. Although she assumed she would be barred from driving the sleek, loud muscle car, she wanted the fun of taking the engine apart and rebuilding it. By 17, she had entered into an arranged marriage. Within a year, she had given birth to a child, divorced, then remarried and divorced again. Now, at 29, she is a single mother who works and lives on her own. Photographing Doaa for a few days was very motivating. As a Saudi single parent, I understood some of the obstacles that she faces, and even I was constantly amazed by her great character and strength in fighting so many prejudices alone. Women, in my own culture and others, often find pressure from their own society to be silent and obedient, or to give up to just be accepted. However, it's the courage in women like Doaa that make me proud to share this story with my own daughters. #womenempowerment #womensday #saudiarabia
Stumbled on photos I took of Olivier and Laura a while back in France. Details on how the French man won the American lady on a cold night in NYC...soon! #perpignan #france #nyc #preweddingshoot
#alula #saudiarabia #saudiwomen
Who’s having a beach wedding? #brazil #riodejaneiro
"Lara told me that she's to be chased if I want her. So I chased away" the Lebanese groom shares during the day before wedding party in Barcelona. #valentinesday #lebanon #spain
Photo caption: Receiving a red balloon for donating blood, the two girls write a couple of verses from their favorite poem and release it to fly across the Bujairi park in Dariya, Riyadh. 20.12.2017 #riyadh #saudiarabia #tasneemalsultan #blooddonation BIG NEWS!!! #natgeo100contest Today @Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Good luck!
Circa 1992 #manchester #alsultan #goodtimes
There was no government announcement that the unwritten ban on Valentine’s Day had been lifted. But unlike in the past, there have been no public injunctions against the sale of Valentine’s paraphernalia. This time last year, the same Riyadh flower store followed what had become a familiar drill: Sign a pledge for the religious police that it wouldn’t stock red flowers, move the offensive items to a nearby villa, sell to trusted clients, and pray not to get caught. Punishment included detention for the store’s manager. Words by Donna Abu-Nasr. #khobar #saudiarabia #valentines
Mada'in Saleh ‘Cities of Saleh', is an archaeological site located in the north west of Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century CE). The site constitutes the kingdom's southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital. Full story on tourisim in Saudi’s Al-Ula, published on @nytimes words by Edward Wong https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-tourism-music-festival.html
Mothers #Riyadh #saudiarabia #women
Will be in #Dubai from 4-7’th of February participating with a wonderful lineup of photographers at the annual event hosted at @gulfphotoplus. I will discuss both weddings & documentary stories I’ve covered in #saudiarabia https://gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2019/talks/496/Creating-Dramatic-Wedding-Lifestyle-Images-with-the-Canon-EOS-R
My 11 & 13 year old daughters have been asking me for a phone. This photo of them was taken 4 years ago - They no longer sit and cuddle together or read books to each other. I refused to give them a phone and said no to them having an Instagram account. Their response was “But EVERYONE has a phone and an instagram account. No one uses emails! It’s only for old people!” After enduring 20 minutes of tears and loud mother-hating words, my father walks in the room and says calmly “you shall give them a phone when they turn 15” As he receives the hugs, I scowl and reply: “it was YOU who gave me a phone but only when I entered college!” He looks at me and says “and look how bitter it made you” I shall resist being a cool mom until they turn 15....#teenagegirls #nophone #motherdaughter #parenting #jubail #saudiarabia