Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan Muhammed Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981, graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. He is the Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Muheisen joined Associated Press in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US led -war in Iraq, including the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, spent four years in Pakistan as AP's Chief Photographer for the region, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, The Netherlands, South Africa, the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela.
Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe. His work has received numerous international awards, among others, Two-time Breaking News Pulitzer Prize winner in 2005 and 2013 for covering the war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria, POYI’s 2007 Picture of the Year from Saudi Arabia, and in 2014 the Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism. He was named TIME Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2013. He was a participant of the prestigious World Press Photo 2012 Joop Swart Master Class, and most recently a member of the committee selecting the participants of the Joop Swart Master Class for 2015. In 2011 he won the APME News Photos award for his series on unrest in Yemen and the John L. Dougherty Award for exemplary work by an AP staff member, who is 30 years old or younger. Gold and Bronze prizes in 11th Asia Media Awards 2012, first prize in 78th National Headliner Awards of 2012, Two prizes in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar of 2009, a Prize in the French Festival Du Scoop of 2009 and a Prize in the National Headliner Awards of 2009. In January 2014 he produced a portrait series of Afghan refugee children living in Pakistan, these portraits by Muheisen led to an Honorable Mention in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar of 2014, a bronze prize in the China International Press Photo Contest of 2015, Third Place in the Portrait Series Category at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2015, and second place portrait category at The Press Club of Atlantic City’s National Headliner Awards 2015, and most recently won in the single feature photo category of the APME Awards of 2016, for his image of a Syrian girl jumping rope in a makeshift Jordanian refugee. Among other exhibitions, in 2013 a collection from a decade of his work about life in war was exhibited in the French photo festival Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. In 2014 his work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels and most recently his work about the displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston.
IIn addition to his exhibition that will be on display from 12th to 15th October, Muhammed will be conducting a seminar, a screening and offering portfolio reviews.