Muhammad Hamed

Muhammad Hamed

Based
Amman, Jordan
Born
Amman, Jordan
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV
“It is hard to remember my actual first assignment, but for me it feels like every time I go out to shoot a story, it’s my first.”

Beat

I cover general news – so all sorts of events.

One Shot

. AMMAN, Jordan. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Syrian refugees run from a gas explosion at the Al Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. A fire, caused by the explosion, did not result in any death or injuries, but damaged some 35 tents at the camp.
“We went to cover a protest at a Syrian refugee camp, but once we arrived we saw flames burning the tents and smoke filling the sky. A gas explosion had occurred – something that was shocking and unexpected – and we were afraid that many people would die. After the explosions were over, we entered the burnt area to take photos but outraged Syrian refugees attacked us. Although every event has an impact on me, that is one day in particular I will never forget.”

Profile

I started out as a private photographer in a studio back in 1996, and then began working as a press photographer in 1999. I learnt to take pictures by practicing, training and watching other shooters.

It is hard to remember my actual first assignment, but for me it feels like every time I go out to shoot a story, it’s my first. I try to train myself to benefit and learn from the mistakes I’ve made in the past.

Shooting stories that involve a lot of human interest leaves a big mark on me. I feel that they help emphasise the value of human beings, as well as the value of life in general.

The audience that I have in mind can change from story to story, but in general I am keen to convey the message of my assignment to everybody.

My biggest lesson has been to put safety first. I try not to forget caution and rush.

I respect people who treat others as they would like to be treated themselves.

Behind the Scenes

. Jordan. Mohammad Abu Ghosh
Muhammad Hamed poses with his camera during coverage of "Eager Lion" military exercises at the Jordan-Saudi Arabia border, 260 km (162 miles) south of Amman.
. Petra, Jordan. Ahmad Abdo
Hamed poses for a photograph during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the ancient historical and archaeological site of Petra.