Reem Al Faisal

Fine art and documentary photographer

Studied Arabic literature at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah than attend Spéos, a photography school in Paris.


Fine art and documentary photographer

Studied Arabic literature at  King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah than attend Spéos, a photography school in Paris.


In a touring exhibition between 1996 and 1999, her black and white series Port of Jeddah was exhibited in France, China, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. This series was unique as it was the first time the port had been photographed moreover, it was photographed by a woman. Al Faisal continues to photograph using film and viewing her images as black and white prints. 

Reem Al Faisal is considered as a pioneer in Art&Photography in Saudi Arabia and her art work’s signature is recognized in middle east and all over the world , she reconciles her identity and traditions with modernity in a new vision ” In our modern culture , we have been trained to focus upon the physical we see through our mind, will and emotions , but there’s a spiritual dimension which is expressed through beauty and creativity and this is what i try to achieve myself and to show through my work , i’m not a planned-career kind of person , i’m simply an art lover in general and photography in particular ” Said Reem Al Faisal.


Some of her recent group exhibitions include Howard Greenberg  Gallery New York (2014) The Middle East revealed,A female perspective , St. Road (2013), MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary; 25 Years of Arab Creativity (2013), Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Domination, Hegemony, and the Panopticon (2012), Traffic, Dubai; Edge of Arabia London (2008), Brunei Gallery, London; and Images from the Arab World (2007), National Museum of Singapore. A solo exhibition of her work, Reem Al Faisal Photography, was held at Le Violon Bleu, Tunis, Tunisia, in 2012. Al Faisal says: “I like to define myself as a Muslim artist, sprung from my native Saudi culture and history. In my art I am seeking to show signs of the Divine in nature and in Man. For me, light is one of the many manifestations of God. Which He casts in our path through life to remind us of His constant presence in ourselves and in every place. Every photograph is a pattern of light and shade. For me, my photography is a way to praise God’s glory in the universe.”



1994      Paris, Art Vision Gallery Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1996      Port of Jeddah, Saudi Art Center Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

             Port of Jeddah, Sheraton Hotel Medina, Saudi Arabia

             Port of Jeddah, Opera House Cairo, Egypt

1998      port of Jeddah, the University of Art and Design Beijing, China

1999      Mystic Lights, Loccum, Germany

             Port of Jeddah, the Arab World Institute Paris, France                                      

             Port of Jeddah, Encounter of Three Continents Nantes, France

2001      Diwan Al-noor, The Art Center Manama, Bahrain

2002      Diwan Al-noor, The Sakakini Cultural Center Ram Allah, Palestine

             Diwan Al-noor, at The Peace Center Bethlehem, Palestine (A suspended Exhibition)

             Joined the 2nd international Media Art Biennale in Seoul, Korea

2003      Divine Manifestations, Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris, France

2004      Nazar, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands

2004      Reflets d’ici ET d’ailleurs, Lille, France

2004      Women by Women, fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt,    


2005      The Colours of Saudi Arabia, Palace of Congress, Madrid, Spain

2005      Hajj, Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris, France

2005-6   Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris France

2006      Nazar, IFA Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany

2006      Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Centro Andaluz De Arte

             Contemporaneo,Sivile, Spain

2006      Hajj and People, King AbdulAzize University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2007      Images From The Arab World, National Museum Of Singapore

2007      Devine Presence, DIFC Center, Dubai, UAE

2008      The Shap of Light, Sony Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2008      Nour/Lumiere, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Canada

2008      Together, Jordan National Gallery, Jordan

2009      Le Pont International Festival, Aleppo, Syria

2009      The Shape of Light, Moscow, Russia

2009      The Shape of Light, Hewar Gallery Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2014      women photographers of the Middle East, Howard Greenberg, New York

2015 Nass, R Gallery , Jeddah

2016 Chiaroscuro, The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai





1994     Voice Magazine

1996     A Calendar for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the USA

1999     La Photo En Pro

2000     L’Insense Magazine Issue No. 1

2006     Dummy Magazine Issue 11

2007     Departures Magazine




           Sakakini Centre in Ram Allah, Palestine

           The National Museum of Seoul Korea

           The National Gallery of Jordan




2000      Diwan Al-Noor A Photographic Journey through Light, Water, and People

2009      The Hajj