Visual Storyteller + Photojournalist and Documentary photographer
/ Based in New York, New York
Mostafa Bassim is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City. His work focuses on documenting the daily lives and occurrences of marginalized communities. In 2012, Mostafa co-founded "Sotna", a local...
Mostafa Bassim is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City. His work focuses on documenting the daily lives and occurrences of marginalized communities.
In 2012, Mostafa co-founded "Sotna", a local newspaper in Cairo to document the aftermath of the January 25th revolution in Egypt, and the atrocities committed by the regime. During this time, he covered various events ranging from the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution to its economic and societal effects for the Associated Press, and AFP.
In 2017, due to the ongoing crackdown on activists and journalists in Egypt, he had to seek asylum in the the US. Once settled between New York City and Washington D.C.—he began documenting the Arab community in the American diaspora. In 2021, he graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York City from the visual journalism and documentary practices program.
Mostafa's work has been published in various publications, including National Geographic, AP, Anadolu, EPA, Aljazeera, and AJ+. His images have been exhibited internationally at the ICP museum, AFAC 10th Anniversary exhibition in Lebanon, Photo Istanbul and No pictures please exhibition in Berlin Germany.
He is a grant recipient of the 2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program under Magnum Foundation, AFAC, and the Prince Claus Foundation. In 2017 and 2019, he participated in the prestigious New York Times Portfolio Review, and was the winning recipient of Nikon’s contest "MyNikonLIfe".
Currently, he is a freelance photojournalist covering breaking news across the United States. He is available for assignments and commissions.