About

HELLO

I AM IZLA

People, yes people are what it’s all about.
It could be a group of dancing women in a village in Uganda, orphans in Bangladesh or a smiling wedding couple on the aisle in Sweden.
It could be anger, sadness or smiles, laughter or love. It’s about life and bringing the world closer.

 

about

Born in Sweden with Assyrian/Syriac roots, I grow up hearing my parents sharing stories of persecution, poverty and genocide. I always dreamt about helping people in need, which led me to work with international development cooperation. My background is in public health, social anthropology and international relations which is central to my drive for humanity. Building connections and fostering relationships across borders and cultures have been my currencies in life.

I have travelled around the globe to work as programme officer and to shoot photographs for International NGO’s and individuals. My love to explore the world motivated me to visit and serve in +20 African countries, and several in Asia, Latin-America, including Australia and USA.

I’ve lived in Lusaka, Zambia for two years, and worked for the Embassy of Sweden, for which I shot images for the Zambian Dad’s exhibition. I was also the winner of the Discover Zambia photo competition, and had a solo exhibition called “Vitality” at the renowned 37d Gallery.

My cameras never spent a boring time in my travels to these countries, villages, and communities capturing moments of life stories and beautiful memories.

My mission is to reveal the ambition, strength and dignity of people that I am blessed to meet. My aim in photography is to be the voice for the seldom heard. I believe that there lies a true beauty, joy and warmth underneath the life challenge, which is missed out many times, or negatively portrayed in many parts of the world. No matter the harsh reality that people may witness, they reflect hope, courage and the might of humanity. This humbles me to learn from the experiences of my encounter with people. I hope that my photography contributes to improve awareness and empowers the survivors and victors of dauntingly harsh lives.

I have been capturing weddings, engagements and other beautiful occasions in Sweden and worldwide like in Florence, Miami, South Africa & in Costa Rica. Some of my clients include international universities, organisations and businesses.I also hold photography & storytelling workshops for INGOs, my latest workshop was held for the Ministry of Health in Zambia. My works have been published across the world in renowned magazines, newspapers, books and articles.

My inner desire is to never close my eyes to a world that begs to be seen and people who needs to be heard.

 

~ Izla Bethdavid ~