Freelance Photojournalist, Videographer & Storyteller (Africa, Europe & Middle East) 1997 – present
Articles and photo essays for international publications. Freelance investigative researcher, local fixer and cameraman for VOA News. As a journalist as well as photographer, he focuses his work on subjects ranging from sustainable economics to cultural heritage to photographic method.
Director, Cedars Productions (Lebanon, Italy, Austria) 2015 – present
Short film, “Interview with an Assassin”, was shortlisted by the Florence Film Festival and documentary work on the Dying Seas will be the centrepiece of exhibits at the Maritime Museums of Valencia, Barcelona and EU Maritime Museum in Marseille. This year, “Finding My Lebanon” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and subsequent screenings at the Beirut International Film Festival.
Professor, SlowMedia Production (Florence & Graz) 2007 – present
At academic institutions around the globe Abouzeid teaches courses/workshops in all aspects of photography and slowmedia production. Alumni of his courses for young professionals have gone on to Magnum Photos and other prestigious careers. Specialised monthly workshops for adolescents encourages them to use visual storytelling as a vehicle for coping.
NYU Washington Square College, NY, NY — BA in Sociology and International Relations of the Middle East, 1979 – 1984
Georgetown McDonough School of Business, Washington, DC – MBA in International Finance, 1985 – 1987
Selected Publications & Media Outlets
Forbes Online | The Atlantic | The Huffington Post | Preview Magazine | New European | Country Life | VOA News | Sky Babel TV | National Geographic | Hemispheres Magazine | The Daily Mail | Spiegel | South China Morning Post | Maxim | HOME Magazine | The New York Times | The Washington Post | MTV | La Nazione
Commune di Firenze | Polo Museale di Firenze | Accademia della Crusca | Fondazione Sistema Toscana | UNESCO | Belgian Ministry of Culture | AssistAmerica | Royal Jordanian | Italia Kuwait Association | Senator Robbie Puno | HRH Prince of Seborga | Opera festival Firenze | Tokkai Cultural Association | Muscat International Folklore Festival | The European Commission | Institute of Ecotechnics | Bedouin Heritage Project | Slow Food Beirut
National Press Photographers Association – USA; American; Association of Media Photographers – USA; Bureau of Freelance Professionals – UK; associazione nazionale fotografi professionisti – Italy; International Travel Writers Alliance – USA; IMDB Profile 2016 – 17.
English/American Spoken -fluent; Writing – fluent in either style
Italian Spoken – fluent; Writing – excellent, need proofreader for articles
French Spoken – good; Writing – good