About & Contact

Born in Cairo, Egypt to a German mother and an Egyptian father I was raised in an international community speaking English, German, Arabic and some French. Growing up between worlds sparked my interest in storytelling, visual media and social issues and later led me to pursue further studies in the United States. I graduated with an Associate of Arts in photojournalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism. 

Following my studies and work experience abroad, I returned to Cairo at the end of 2010. Soon after I was witness to drastic changes in my home country as the Arab Uprising gained momentum, sweeping the region with political turmoil. I began photographing professionally in 2009 and have been working as a freelance photographer ever since. My photographic work focuses mostly on editorial features and daily life in Egypt and most recently has been published in Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Spiegel Online, NÉON Magazine, L’Obs, Newsweek, The Guardian, NRC Handelsblad among others.

With almost a decade of work experience, I decided to leave Egypt in 2016 to seek new opportunities and find more stability in work. I chose to move to Berlin to explore other parts of my identity and gain new insight into what it means to be a dual citizen both socially and culturally. Upon arrival in Berlin I began volunteering with an organization helping refugees resettle, simultaneously working as a translator in the photo department at dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur), a German news agency. One month after starting, I was offered a full time position as a photo editor in dpa's newsroom in Cairo, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa and in October 2017 I began pursuing a Master of Arts in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität.

I am based in Egypt and available for assignments worldwide.

contact@christinarizk.com

Mobile +2010 6880 7474


 

Commissions & Publication
Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Spiegel Online, Bild, New York Times Lens Blog, L'Obs, Die Zeit, NÉON Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Times, NRC Handelsblad, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Figaro, The Washington Post, Internazionale, The National, The Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN online, Yorokobu, brand Eins Magazin, Zenith Magazin, Monopol Magazine, Huck Magazine, Brownbook Magazine, Mada Masr, Daily News Egypt

German Development Organization in Egypt (GIZ)    Red Sea Marine & Land conservation (HEPCA)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)   Youth empowerment through education in Egypt (INJAZ)


Membership & Contribution
- Women Photograph
- Frontline Freelance Register
- African Photojournalism Database (a joint project between World Press Photo and Everyday Africa)
- The Everyday Projects @everydayafrica & @everydaymiddleeast & @everydayegypt
  Instagram feeds by photographers living and working in the Middle East and North Africa.
  The purpose of these projects is to break stereotypes prevalent of the region by displaying images of daily life.
- Contributor of The Mosireen Collective 858.ma Archive of Resistance/ Egyptian revolution film archive
- The Native Agency


Exhibitions, Workshops & Recognition

2018
Lumix Photo Festival Group Exhibition (Hanover, Germany) 

Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojouralism Award semi-finalist

New York Times Portfolio Review Nominee (New York City)

Gulf Photo Plus Grant Nominee (Dubai)

The Native & The Everyday Projects inaugural mentorship program: Mentee 2018-2020


2017

Obscura Festival of Photography - Projection of "Coptic Christening” George Town, Malaysia

Everyday Africa Book publication/ launch
Everyday Egypt Group Exhibition, Beit el Sura, Cairo, Egypt

LianzhouFoto Group Exhibition, Lianzhou, China

The Square, Uganda Press Photo Awards Group Exhibition, Kampala, Uganda

Alliance Francais Group Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya


2016

AddisFotoFest Group Exhibition, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Just Another Photo Festival Group Exhibition, Delhi, India

FotoIstanbul Group Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey 

BredaPhoto Group Exhibition, Breda, The Netherlands 

Obscura Festival of Photography Group Exhibition, George Town, Malaysia

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Group Exhibition, Charlottesville, USA 

Rencontres des Fes Group Exhibition, Fes, Morocco


2015

Middle East Now Festival, Everyday Middle East exhibition at ETRA – Galleria Studio Tommasi, Florence, Italy

Just Another Photo Festival Group Exhibition, Delhi, India

FotoIstanbul Group Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey 

Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Media, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England


2010

Warehouse Gallery Group Exhibition, The Pyramid in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

100 Prints by 10 Visual Storytellers; Photography and Mixed Media

 

View résumé here