Contact & Bio

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. With an interest in storytelling, visual media and social issues I pursued further studies in the United States, graduating with an Associate of Arts in photojournalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism. After my studies and some work experience abroad I returned to Cairo at the end of 2010 and soon after was witness to drastic changes in my home country as the Arab Uprising gained momentum and swept the region with political turmoil. I began photographing professionally in 2009 and have been working as a freelance documentary photographer ever since. My photographic work focuses on editorial features, daily life and long term documentary projects. Most recently I have been published in
The New York Times, Die Zeit, brand Eins, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Figaro, NRC Handelsblad among others.


With almost a decade of work experience behind me 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 duel citizen both socially and culturally. Upon arrival in Berlin I began volunteering with an organization helping refugees resettle and simultaneously started working at dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur /German Press Agency). Not long after starting in the photo department as a translator, I was offered a full time position along with three other editors to head up the agency’s picture service back in Egypt, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa.

contact@christinarizk.com

Egypt +2 010 6880 7474

Germany +49 157 83121106

Contributor @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.


Commissions & Publications

The New York Times, Die Zeit, 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, Al Hayat, Daily News Egypt, Mondoweiss, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair

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