Shaima Al Tamimi


Shaima Al-Tamimi is a Yemeni-Kenyan visual storyteller based in the GCC. Her work is inspired by social and cultural issues reflective of her own personal story, and she explores themes relating to patterns and impacts of migration, identity, and culinary culture. Through the mediums of photography, film, and writing – and via a deeply-rooted documentary approach – Shaima merges historical and family archives with present-day portraits and visuals to create vivid narratives, offering a unique perspective on the life stories of her subjects. 

Shaima co-directed “Voices from the Urbanscape” a short doc film premiered at the Ajyal Film Festival in Qatar and screened at film festivals and art galleries in Sarajevo, Cannes Short Film Corner, Berlin, and St. Petersburg. 

Her long-term documentary photography project “As if we never came” was a recipient of a grant by the Arab Documentary Photography program, supported by the AFAC, Magnum Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund. She also received additional funding from “Women Photograph” to continue working on the project.

She is also a long term contributing member to “Everyday Middle East” and Sony brand ambassador for the MENA region. Her work has been featured in Gulf Photo Plus, Art 29, JDEED Magazine, Khaleejesque Magazine, CNN and Doha News.