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Philip Cheung October 7, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United Arab Emirates.
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Interviewing Sheikh Talib Bin Saqral Qassimi, UAE 2008

Philip Cheung (b. 1979, Canada) is a photographer based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and specializes in both reportage and portraiture. His clients include: The New York Times, British GQ, Getty Images, Le Monde, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveller, Macleans, The Globe and Mail and Das Magazin (Switzerland). In 2009 Philip was selected for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward book for emerging photographers. He has also been awarded by Photo District News, Applied Arts, Coupe and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

About the Photograph:

“I was on assignment in Ras Al Khaimah, an Emirate that has had to focus on developing the industrial sector as apposed to oil, and is situated in the northern part of the United Arab Emirates that borders with Oman. A writer and I were invited into the palace of Sheikh Talib Bin Saqral Qassimi, the son of the ruler of Ras Al-Khaimah for a rare interview. Inside the majlis (a sitting place) we were drinking tea, coffee and snacking on dates and various sweets when a member of the Royal family came in and passed around traditional incense to the guests, who would wave the smoke into their face and beards.”

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