Ghada Khunji is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Program, both in New York. She started her career in the early nineties as a freelance photographer in the fashion industry in New York City, and spent two years as a research assistant for photo agencies, including Black Star and Magnum, followed by eight years as a printer and print manager for a high profile clientele including Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel.
Khunji’s photographs are known for documenting both landscapes and people from all over the world and the inherent dignity of the human element. In her latest work she focuses the lens on herself by exploring her innermost feelings, thoughts and identity as a woman.
Khunji is the recipient of a significant number of awards, including the Lucie Discovery of the Year (2006), American Photo Magazine’s Image of the Year Award (2007), as well as the Golden Lights Award for Travel. She has exhibited widely in the US and Europe , and in recent years, in London, Spain, and throughout the Middle East. As the recipient of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2012), where she won the first prize in the category of portraiture. One of her recent works was acquired by the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) in 2013. In the same year, she was nominated for the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability.