Photo © Myriam Boulos
Walid Nehme was born and raised in a conservative rural village 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 (AUST), to later join the State University of New York (SUNY). While attending university, he worked full time as a photographer covering all press-related events on campus, and taught photography at the International College of Beirut (iC) before moving to Dubai to pursue a career in advertising- focusing on its narrative demands- copywriting.
Simultaneously, throughout his five years in Dubai, Walid acted as creative director and DOP at MUTEK, an international festival of digital creativity and live electronic music, while also producing films and photographic work for SOMA Culture, a movement and dance practice.
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 (August–November, 2020) with the collective exhibition ‘VPS8” - with the same getting an online feature at Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) (September, 2020), and ‘The Consolation’ at Haven for Artists - Molding the Lost Space Digital Exhibition. 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 commissions with the Berlin-based fashion brand UY Studio in collaboration with renowned model Steve Morell (August, 2019).