Mature Photojournalism Grad Gets Her Shot At Success | Loyalist College
Since she grabbed her first camera at age 16, many frames in Annie Sakkab’s life have made the cut — from attending a documentary workshop in Dubai that featured photographer Jack Picone to graduating from the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College in June 2015.
The 46-year-old Palestinian photographer (born and raised in Jordan) received the Student Photographer of the Year award from the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) last May.
Annie’s documentary practice investigates socio-cultural issues and questions of identity, and seeks to raise awareness on experiences of exile, uprooting, and displacement among marginalized groups.
Her photographs have been exhibited in Canada and abroad. Her recent series, ‘Projections — Ghosts of Dubai’s Boom’ (2010), was featured in a group exhibition in the 2013 Scotiabank contact Photography Festival in Toronto.
Now that she has developed her skills at Loyalist, including storytelling, Annie doesn’t have to go back and “just do” corporate and private events. She also runs her own business, Toronto Events Photography.
Since 1995, she has worked and resided in London, Rome, Dubai, Amman and Belleville, where she enrolled in Canada’s only multi-year Photojournalism program as a mature student in 2013.
“I did the full two years of the Photojournalism diploma program at Loyalist, which was instrumental in the way I have developed my work,” said Annie.