Alaa Hassan is a photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Syria. 

He left Syria is 2013 and is now based in NY. Alaa co-produced the award winning feature documentary "The War Show". The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Venice days award. His photography book, "Cardboard Castle" looks at political advertisement and the urban development of Damascus. It was published with support from the British Council and the Prince Claus Fund.

Alaa recently finished working on "untitled” feature film by director Megan Mylan about Syrian families. The film is in post-production.
Alaa is set to show "brain washer" excerpt from Cardboard Castle in several countries.
Also developing a multimedia project under the name "unwritten diaries"

Publications/ Exhibitions:

2017 Cardboard Castle: A documentary photography book about Syria before the war, supported by Prince Claus Fund and the British Council. Released 2017.
2017 Photoville show: Cardboard Castle.
Projections of the film “the boot”:
    2014 Syrian mobile film festival
    2013 Look3 festival in Charlottesville, VA. Projection of the movie “the boot”
    2013 Le festival du nouveau cinéma à Montreal projection of “the boot”
    2013 SXSW festival in Tesax.
2011 “Journe`es de la photographie”. Joint photography exhibition organized by the French Cultural Center in Damascus.
2010 “Journe`es de la photographie”. Joint photography exhibition organized by the French Cultural Center in Damascus.
2010 Solo Photography exhibition in Ninar art café, March- April.
2009 Joint Photography exhibition in the university Lyon III.




Email : alaa@sheikhphotos.com

Photo by: ©Elyse Blennerhassett

Alaa Hassan

Alaa Hassan is a photographer from Syria based in NY, political and social documentary photography
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