Juan Pablo Ramirez

Colombian Photographer Juan Pablo Ramirez is a former professional tennis player who, since a young age, grew up travelling the world and experiencing different cultures and ways of living. In 2015, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. He has worked for some of the most prestigious newspapers in the state of Minnesota, such as the StarTribune and the Pioneer Press, with most of his work focused on photography.

Colombian Miner. July 2019

Even though he had a great experience as a photojournalist, he was missing the freedom to work on his own personal projects. In 2016, he decided to combine his love for tennis with his passion for photography, so he moved to Dubai to work at one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and work on his personal photography projects.

Ramirez’s photography reflects the responsibility he feels to share what he believes are ways of living. In a society where everyone feels the need to meet certain “standards” of living to be accepted, Juan immerses himself on the lives of those who refuse or simply cannot meet those “standards” but are yet proud of who they are and what they do.


Pakistani workers help load and unload Iranian dhows (boats) that have been coming to Dubai for more than 40 years to trade goods.

For the past three years, Juan has been documenting the lives of Iranian sailors living by Dubai Creek. This project was published by LightFoot Travel Magazine and exhibited as an outdoor art installation together with The Empty Quarter Gallery at the Dubai Financial Center in 2019 during the Art Week and Art Night festival.

Juan´s work has also been exhibited at The Cube Gallery in Central Park Towers Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Brazil and The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai.