“We have here in Egypt many women in the photojournalism field,” says 24-year-old newspaper photographer Hadeer Mahmoud (@hadeermahmoud1). “The profession became more popular with the revolution, and after it, because of the huge number of websites and newspapers that appeared.” Hadeer was still a teenager when the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East, changing the lives of millions of people — including hers. As world events unfolded around her, Hadeer left behind her life as a law student and pursued her interest in photography, which gave her access to the lives around her. “It makes me near real people,” she says. “And I do love to take pictures of people wherever they are — at protests, in the subway and the streets. Photojournalism made me start seeing life from a different point of view, and take care of each and every detail, and when I look back to my photos I find them making history.” Photo by @hadeermahmoud1
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