Hasan Shaaban

Hasan Shaaban

Based
Beirut, Lebanon
Born
Beirut, Lebanon
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1DX
“I’ve learnt never to panic when facing deadly accidents, but to keep focused and do my job.”

Beat

I cover political events, local news and daily life stories such as fashion and concerts in Lebanon

One Shot

. BEIRUT, Lebanon. REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban
A wounded woman is carried from the site where a huge car bomb went off in Ashrafieh, central Beirut.
“Moments before I shot pictures of this girl, whose name was Joziane, I heard her screaming loudly. I looked over and saw her in the arms of this man. I could see panic and fear in her eyes and pain in her facial expression. Then I took the picture. I knew that this particular shot would be one of the best I took that day because it shows the blood, the pain, the fear, the damage…”

Profile

One of my earliest memories of photography is taking pictures of a huge fire in a leather factory in Beirut in 2004.

I started photography as a hobby at the age of 10, then I went on to study it at college.

My first assignment was about the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister in 2005. I learnt that speed is very important in photojournalism.

The latest bomb explosion in Beirut left a big mark on me, because I was 80 meters away when it happened and I witnessed it from the beginning.

I’ve learnt never to panic when facing deadly accidents, but to keep focused and do my job.

The assignments that excite me the most are demonstrations, riots, conflicts and war.

I respect all photographers who endanger themselves to show people the suffering of others.

Behind the Scenes

. Beirut, Lebanon. Ramzi Haidar
Hasan Shaaban takes cover as protesters attack the Grand Serail, the prime minister's headquarters in Lebanon, with stones and pieces of wood after the funeral of Brigadier-General Wissam al-Hassan.
. Beirut, Lebanon. Mahmoud Kheir
Shaaban takes pictures of a wounded woman being rescued from the wreckage of an explosion.