#FaceOfCairo #2: Yahia El-Refaei

This month’s feature introduces another Cairo-based photographer, Yahia El-Refaei, who I have recently started working with at his studio, Through The Lens. At just 21 years of age, Yahia is already involved in NGO work, photography as well as a General Management degree in the German University in Cairo. In addition to being a stellar photographer, he is also a humble, kind young man with a great sense of humor.


“A photographer is not just a person with a professional camera. There is a lot of emotion that goes into the art of photography. You don’t necessarily need a top-notch camera to be a professional. What directs a good photo is the heart, and eye behind the lens.”



“When you’re working in a studio, the biggest challenge is to capture a picture that reflects something about the person’s personality. One of the things I try to do when I’m shooting is to talk to my clients first and get to know them. By the time we start shooting, I keep talking, maybe crack a few jokes and only when they are distracted by a laugh, a frown or whatever else do I click my camera. It’s the best way to capture a natural photo in the ideally unnatural setting of a studio.”



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