Documentary Photographer


Samir Abady is a documentary photographer born in Queens, New York to Lebanese parents. In 2012 he graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English, focusing on post-modern literature and cinema studies. In 2014 he graduated from the International Center of Photography for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, receiving the John and Anna Maria Phillips Foundation Scholarship. Since then he has been honored to be selected for American Photography 32 and was a finalist for the portrait prize in Australia's Head On Photo Festival in 2016. He has photographed for The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed News, and Fast Company and his work has appeared in Refinery29, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, and FeatureShoot. He is based in New York.


2017  Eddie Adams Workshop XXX

2014  International Center of Photography, NY, Certificate Diploma, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

2012  St. John's University, NY, B.A. English

Group Exhibitions

2018 Whores Will Rise: Protest Art & Resistance Ephemera Against FOSTA/SESTA, Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Curated by Brit Schulte

2016  Head On Photo Festival, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2014  Elective Affinities, Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, NY, USA. Curated by Alison Morley and Marina Berio


2016  American Photography 32

2014  Shift Vol. 9, International Center of Photography

Grants and Awards

2018  Chosen, American Photography 34

2017  New York Times Portfolio Review

2016  Selected, American Photography 32

2016  Finalist, Portrait Prize, Head On Photo Festival

2014  John and Anna Maria Phillips Foundation Scholarship

Invited Talks, Presentations

2017  The Photo Brigade Podcast

2017  The Photographer's Playlist, The Photo Brigade

2017  St. John's University, Photography I, Professor Alex Morel

2017  Crown Heights Photo Night #3