Artist StatementI am an explorer. An explorer of vibrant colors that stir my heart, an explorer of the multitude of hues, both natural and man-made. An explorer of shadowy contrasts that make me wonder, an explorer of the supple paths of light. I travel down dusty highways and onto dirt roads, and through lush landscapes into desert sands. And with my camera, I seek beauty in my subjects. Sometimes, I find it on the surface, easily displayed for the world to see. But always, I seek the more subtle beauty within. I seek the meanings of my subjects’ emotions—I seek answers. I seek to understand, to appreciate. I seek the spirit of humanity. I seek the essence of our world.
Irene Abdou brings over ten years of international experience photographing people and places with a photojournalistic, yet artistic and creative, style. Though originally from Maryland, Irene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Cornell University in 1995, after which she off for Africa in search of adventure and a cause to do good. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she lived in a small village and later a small town in the West African country of Niger for 3 1/2 years, an eye-opening experience that she was constantly moved to capture through photography. Since then, she has photographed seventeen countries in Africa and Asia, recently returning from two years in war-torn South Sudan. Irene has also accumulated a large collection of landscape, nature, wildlife, architecture, night, and macro photography images. The truth of the matter is that no matter the circumstances, Irene looks everywhere for potential photographic art opportunities. Throughout her never-ending quest for the ever-more-perfect picture, Irene makes photos that vibrate with energy, photos that burst with passion, photos that explode with emotion…she makes photos with soul. Not surprisingly, Irene’s photography has been recognized, published, and exhibited by a variety of national and international art, news, and public health organizations. In the past year alone, Irene has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Parish Gallery in Georgetown, Gallery Serengeti, the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts), and several other art spaces/galleries. Irene was recently named “Selected Artist” in the 2008 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition sponsored by Agora Gallery in New York, New York, and was also awarded an FY2008 artist’s grant by the Montgomery County Arts & Humanities Council. Many of Irene’s images have also been selected by magazines and other organizations for print and web publication. Described as strikingly beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking, and having “the eye that makes the ordinary simply extraordinary,” Irene demonstrates a special talent for capturing the spirit of humanity and the essence of our world. Now based in Clarksburg, Maryland, Irene can be contacted at 202-367-6071 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Her web-based portfolio can be viewed at http://www.ireneabdouphotography.com. Fine art prints may be purchased online at http://archive.ireneabdouphotography.com.