SHARIF HAMZA | DIRECTOR & PHOTOGRAPHER
Fashion photographer Sharif Hamza began his career in 2010, shooting the October cover for the British magazine Dazed & Confused, quickly gaining recognition for his vibrant compositions and innovative use of light. He began life in a South London housing project, and since the age of 15 has been using his lens to capture the world as he sees it.
British born of a Filipino mother and an Egyptian father, Sharif cherishes human diversity and it is a cornerstone of his work. “I’m fascinated by mixed race people,” he says. “I think that people of bi-racial backgrounds are incredibly beautiful and intriguing.”
Since his debut, Sharif has collaborated on numerous editorial and cover shoots for publications such as Vogue Japan, V, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure, AnOther, Interview, Industrie, Love and 10 Magazine, as well as working on advertising campaigns for the likes of Fenton, Iceburg, Kenneth Cole, Karen Millen and Fallon Jewelry.
Sharif complements the VANDAL roster as a prominent fashion film director as well, helming campaigns for H&M, Dior Homme, J.W. Anderson and Topman. Of his dual proficiencies in print and film, he observes, “Motion is much more of a team activity...photography feels more like a solo performance.” In both mediums, Sharif leads the viewer on an elegant kinetic journey to raw beauty.
He recently completed a La Perla project and the Ralph Lauren Holiday Campaign, and continues to shape his global perspective on beauty from his new home base in NYC. “It’s an amazing thing to see a face and be infinitely curious about its origins,” he concludes, “not being certain of where its features or complexions are from and to love the idea that it’s a new face that cannot be defined or categorized.”