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Amazing Photographs Unveil Why Foreign Artists Love Saudi Arabia

Ansel Adams says that you don’t make a photograph just with a camera,” says Roberta Fedele. “You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved”.

The Italian photojournalist arrived to Saudi Arabia at a young age and saw her career path take new shape in the kingdom. “Each picture is a real-life painting of my journey,” she says. Last December 3, she held a four-day event with her American counterpart Miki Turner entitled “4 Eyes 2 Lenses”, where they shared the mesmerizing landscape of a land often misunderstood.

Desert oasis, volcanic areas, traditional souks, and Bedouin settlements preserving the flavors of nomadic life radiate an idyllic light against the backdrop of the country’s modernization. Her passion for the Saudi human landscape and the discovery of an unexplored talent crystallize, in eloquent images, the reason foreign artists love Saudi Arabia.  “These areas reflect a main characteristic of the Saudi society: its oscillation between modernity and tradition,” Fedele explains.

Beyond the beauty of its landscape, Roberta’s photos elicit silent considerations on the modern way of life. “I like to think of photography as a way of meditation, a way of zen. When you take pictures you are completely absorbed in your activity and you think of nothing else. You lose yourself in the moment,” she says.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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