Hosam Katan

Project Title: “Syria”

Project Description

My name is Hosam Katan and I am a 21 year old photographer from Syria. I was a student before the civil war in Syria. When the war began in my area I left my school and started take photos for Aleppo Media Center and documenting events and filming battles. After one year of photographing the conflict in my country, I started working for Reuters.

The images in this portfolio document the struggles that people are facing in their daily lives in Syria.


Hosam Katan, born in 1993, is from Aleppo, Syria. He finished high school in the city before civil war broke out in the country. He planned to study at university, but the conflict prevented him from doing so. Instead, he picked up a camera and began to take pictures of what was happening to the world around him.

“Photography has been my dream since I was small. When the war in my country began, with events happening every day close to me, I decided to start filming what was happening. I started working for the Aleppo Media Center (AMC). I learned the basics of photography from the international journalists who started coming to Syria.

“In 2013, I began working with Reuters as a photographer. I hope to change the people’s opinion about what’s happening in Syria, especially because of the massacres I see every day.”

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Posted by Thaddeus Pope

Thaddeus Pope is the Director of Visual Communications for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.


  1. […] GRAND PRIZE – HOSAM KATAN 16th July 2015 […]

  2. […] of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award we are pleased to present this year’s winners: Hosam Katan (Grand Prize), Yasmin Balai (2nd Place), and Romain Champalaune (3rd Place).  The IAFOR […]

  3. […] IAFOR Documentary Photography Award gewonnen met een beklijvende reeks over het Syrische conflict. Hier te bekijken. Opgepast : schokkende […]

  4. […] Δείτε το φωτογραφικό άλμπουμ του Χοσάμ Κατάν που κέρδισε το πρώτο βραβείο IAFOR Documentary […]

  5. […] Δείτε το φωτογραφικό άλμπουμ του Χοσάμ Κατάν που κέρδισε το πρώτο βραβείο IAFOR Documentary […]

  6. […] Image by Hosam Katan | 2015 Grand Prize Winner […]

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