I cover news, politics, the Vatican, daily life and features.
My earliest memory of photography is when I was given a Canon Eos 600 when I was sixteen years old, in Beirut, my second home (I am half Lebanese) I started to shoot all around the city, the people there and the consequences of the war.
I learned by working for a local newspaper, covering everything that happened in Rome, especially crime, so I spent most of the time around the city at night. I learnt from people better than me, stealing their wisdom.
My first assignment was covering the political elections in Rome in 2013. After I had done a few of my own stories as a freelancer for Reuters, I was asked to cover the elections in Rome. I was excited, but also nervous. It might seem like a simple story but I was assigned to cover the less important parts of the election.I remember I spent a lot of time roaming around the streets and polling stations trying to find a unique feature.
Photographing the Pope’s visit to Iraq in 2021 left a big mark on me. It was one of the most important papal trips because it was the first time a pope had visited Iraq, and his first trip since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Middle East has a big place in my heart; the colours, the people, the light are all incredible and different from anywhere else in the world. Because the pope was there, different cultures were mixed together in a beautiful way for four days.
The most important thing for me is to report stories honestly and to try to give dignity to all the people that give me their stories, even if it’s just for one shot.
I have great respect for all the women doing this job all over the world, they have to work twice as hard to succeed.
The world will always need good photojournalists to show the world fair and accurate information.