Photo © Myriam Boulos
Walid Nehme was born and raised in a small rural town in the south of Lebanon. He moved to the capital city of Beirut to study communication arts at the American University of Science and Technology. While attending university, he worked full time as a photographer covering all press-related events on campus. After graduating, he taught photography at the International College of Beirut before moving to Dubai to pursue a career in advertising- focusing on its narrative demands- copywriting.
Throughout his five years in Dubai, Walid acted as creative director at MUTEK, an international festival of digital creativity and live electronic music, while also directing the artistic vision of SOMA Culture, a movement and dance practice. With a thriving interest in the music scene, Walid would go on to CO-Found ‘FIBRE,’ a publication that combined photography and creative writing to explore the social and political aspects of electronic music scenes regionally and beyond.
Cultivating his photography practice over many years, the medium has recently reemerged as the central pillar of his work. This rejuvenation was fueled by his collaboration with the Berlin-based fashion brand UY Studio and Steve Morell, and the commission of one of his latest projects ‘ Faraway. So Close’ by the infamous Cold Cuts Magazine (issue #2), in addition to being featured in the French daily print newspaper in Lebanon- L’Orient Le Jour (July 03, 2020). Walid has also been selected to exhibit his project “Nobody owns the Beach” at Sharjah Art Foundation (August 29, 2020), a highly accredit art organization in the UAE.