Gypsy nomad by birth.
Photographer by fluke.
The rest am still working on…
Born in Greece in 1977, Haris has lived and travelled in countries like Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan due to her father’s work with UNHCR.
Her journey into photography started as a hobby, taught by a professional photographer friend back in Athens, Greece. But it was not until doing an internship with the UN in Tajikistan in 2002, that an opportunity rose to work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on their advocacy campaign on mental health institutes across Tajikistan. It was then that she discovered how this medium can be used to tell stories and bring to light forgotten issues, whilst focusing on the resilience and strength of people.
After a 5 year hiatus from photography, where she studied and worked in commercial cookery and got a degree in Marketing, Haris immersed herself back into taking photos since moving to Malaysia end of 2012.
Her main interest and passion lies in documentary photography as a medium of raising awareness on social and humanitarian issues and challenges faced by different communities. She has worked with various humanitarian agencies, such as UNHCR, UNICEF, MSF, Oxfam and ICRC in East Africa, Central Asia and South East Asia on awareness campaigns and photo documenting their projects in the field.
She is also working on travel and food stories, including cultural documentation of the ever changing urban scapes and the impact it has on a socio-economic level.
She is a published cookbook author, A taste from home – recipes and stories of refugees living in Malaysia, a project she collaborated with UNHCR Malaysia.
Haris is currently based in Kinshasa, DRC and is available for photographic assignments. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
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