Photo by © Yasmina Hilal

Walid Nehme was born and raised in a rural village in the south of Lebanon. He moved to Beirut to study communication arts at the American University of Science and Technology (AUST), to later join the State University of New York (SUNY). While attending university, he worked as a documentary and event photographer on campus, and taught photography at the International College of Beirut (iC) before moving to Dubai to pursue a career in advertising.

Throughout his 6 years in Dubai pursuing a career in communication and advertising, Walid acted as creative director and copywriter, handling accounts such as Bosch & Siemens home appliances, Hershey’s, Philips, Tabasco, Mentos and MUTEK to name a few.

Cultivating his photography practice over many years was fueled in part by the publishing of three of his on-going works, ‘Faraway. So Close’ by Cold Cuts Magazine (Issue #2), ‘Nobody owns the Beach’ at Sharjah Art Foundation – VPS8 collective exhibition (August–November, 2020), and ‘Disembodied’ at Haven for Artists – Molding the Lost Space in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon, and at the Festival Des Arts De Bordeaux. Additionally, Walid has also been featured in the French daily print newspaper in Lebanon – L’Orient Le Jour (July 03, 2020), and worked on several fashion commissions for the infamous Berlin-based  brand UY Studio, and Depotvente – Beirut. Most recently, exhibited at Galerie Tanit Mar Mikhael for the collective exhibition ‘Togetherness’ curated by Jeanne et Moreau.