Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Based
Cairo, Egypt
Born
Toukh, Egypt
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II
“When I’m taking pictures I forget everything else and feel like I’m in a dream with my camera.”

Beat

I cover general news, feature stories and, best of all, sport.

One Shot

. CAIRO, Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A protester throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police during clashes along a road near Tahrir Square.
“I like this picture because it made me very proud that it received so much exposure. It was listed among the top five pictures for the Reuters Picture of the Year competition, alongside the work of one of the very best photographers out there, my dear friend and boss Goran Tomasevic. After I shot the image, I also got a message from a man in the United States who told me that the photo was used as a street poster. And finally, it became a cover for a book too.”

Profile

I studied photography and cinema at the College of Applied Arts in Cairo and I remember starting out with a Minolta Camera with a 50mm lens that I had got from my father. I began thinking that it would be good to be photographer: I wanted my job to be about stopping and recording moments in time.

I remember the first picture I took that my teacher thought was really good. It was just a portrait but the lighting was nice and the focus was really strong. I didn’t get on that well with the teacher during college, but after I graduated and started to get better known he reached out to me and we became friends.

Back in 2005 I worked for 8 months as a cameraman for Egyptian TV. My father dreamed of me working in television, but I sat him down and explained to him that my dream was to be a photographer. I started shooting for Reuters as a freelancer in 2006, and the first picture I took that was sent out to clients was one of Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in Cairo.

Covering the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in 2012 left a big impression on me. I had long wanted to do the Haj, and when I got back home again I got lots of praise from photographer friends for showing a different view of it.

When I’m taking pictures I forget everything else and feel like I’m in a dream with my camera. All I want is to create a good, strong picture and to forget any fear I might have of the situation.

During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution I was really astounded by what was happening in Cairo and the way that the protesters were chanting against the regime. I hadn’t expected it to happen at all. At first I was so amazed I didn’t take that many pictures, but then I started to shoot more and it became an important lesson for me to separate my feelings from my assignments.

I really respect Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic. He’s a very good friend – just like a brother – and he has taught me a great deal professionally. The style of my work is partly modelled after his.

Behind the Scenes

Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Reuters Photographer Amr Abdallah Dalsh climbs Mount Noor in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Cape Town, South Africa
Dalsh prepares to cover a soccer match between Cote d'Ivoire and Brazil in Cape Town during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.