Marc Abou Jaoude is a photographer and documentary maker born in Beirut Lebanon.
After working for ten years in the hospitality field, while developing a huge passion for photography and documentary making, Marc decided to quit the Food and Beverage sector, buy himself cameras and equipment, rent a studio, take some photography courses, and become a full-time avid photographer.
What started as a passion and hobby soon granted Marc a lot of visibility, as his work started being acknowledged. Clients call, asking, sending inquiries and contracts.
As a photographer he gets to meet people in diverse contexts and on a multitude of projects and assignments, some of them are for commercial use, while others capture the street, the food, and the aesthetics of things.
Marc is a multifaceted photographer, he worked on a panoply of projects ranging from food photography, jewelry, advertisements, and documentaries. In 2020, he won the 3rd prize in the HIPA award.
In 2012, he founded along with a fellow photographer and friend Rabih Hmaiden ,Spice photography and they both positioned themselves as the go-to photographers for E-commerce, fashion, and food products. Spice Photography’s diverse portfolio shows high creativity and passion, and an ability to work with a big range of brands such as Bespoke Hublot, Kedem Cosmetics, and restaurants in Beirut, UAE, and KSA.
In 2016, Marc was commissioned by an International Organizational with offices in Lebanon to cover the Syria Crisis, and this is where another chapter in Marc’s photography career unfolded.
One assignment after another, he was growing as a humanitarian photographer and a storyteller. He was more of a bridge builder, fostering relationships between refugees and the host communities through images and documentaries.
His humanitarian experience turned him into a storyteller, capturing not just peoples’ portraits or daily struggles but the true essence and what makes them shine. Talking with people, and creating empathy in order to access information, situations, and stories, were key elements in his fieldwork. Not everything is driven by the visual. The eye is only the final tool to create a narrative, together with the camera.
No matter the story, and no matter where it is taking place, he wants to tell it in the most beautiful way