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Photoh Meets...Natalie, Photojournalist

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This week, we chat to Natalie Naccache, a photojournalist.

Tell us about who you are and what you do
I'm a British-Lebanese photojournalist based between Dubai and Beirut represented by Reportage by Getty Images
Having grown up to Lebanese parents in London, my work challenges preconceived ideas of the Middle East in modern day society.

My photographs have been published in places such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, D la Repubblica, Monocle, The Sunday Times Magazine, Esquire, Marie Claire and has been exhibited internationally.

Where in the world are you?
At the moment, Dubai, UAE.

Do you have a favourite photo that you’ve taken?
For every story I do, I always have a couple of favourites!

Photo by Natalie Naccache

What inspires you?
Everything! Music, Illustrators (Rebecca Dautremer), other photographers, new ways of telling stories, finding new ways of surprising people in the West from stories from the Middle East.

What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 5D Mark III, a 50mm, 24-70mm, 35mm lenses, a flashgun, batteries.

How do you find your next photography subject?
I research and find topics that genuinely interest me, that will surprise people, that will challenge their perspectives of the Arab world, and modern day society.

What do you find rewarding about photography?
One instance was when someone who just went through my story "Our Limbo", saying, "Wow, now I get what leaving your country means, how it feels" they were moved to tears. Reaching a big audience, being able to surprise and enlighten people, which is an achievement when so much negative imagery comes from the Middle East. Having people say, "Wow, I never knew that".

Photo by Natalie Naccache

What’s been the biggest challenge?
When I first started out, getting editors to notice me, to get on their radar, you have to persevere.

How did you get started in your field of photography?
I started photography during an Foundation Art Diploma, where I realised I could tell stories through photography. I did a BA in Photojournalism and fell in love with it. I started shooting stories in Beirut whilst in university, moved to Beirut straight after finishing my degree and couldn't stop.

Can you remember what your first ever camera was?
A Canon but I can't remember what model!

Photo by Natalie Naccache

What has been the best piece of advice given to you?
If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough.- Robert Capa

Three tips for someone following in your footsteps?
1.If you're not in love with it, don't do it, you have to be passionate about this profession or it's pretty difficult to stay motivated.

2.Be interested and invested in the stories you're telling, if you're not, it will show in the photos.

3.Persevere- "No" will be your middle name in the beginning, and not many people will reply to your emails, just keep going and show them work no one has ever covered before, surprise them. Intrigue them.

What’s the hardest part about your profession?
The uncertainty

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I'd still be a storyteller through illustrations and visuals, or a graphic designer.

Colour or black and white?
Mostly colour, but my most recent story is in black and white.

If you've been inspired by Natalie's work, you can view her website here. For more information on what it takes to become a photojournalist, read our article for lots of tips and insider details.

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