UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015


The UAE pavilion created a huge buzz as soon as it opened at this year’s Expo Milano on May 1. Luckily, Inigo Bujedo Aguirre, renowned and internationally published photographer who is represented in the Middle East by aramanstudio in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, was there not only to witness this honourable event, but to also document it through his amazing photos.
The 3-storey pavilion was designed by Foster + Partners, the same architects who developed the 80-storey Index Tower in Dubai Financial Centre and designed the second phase of Dubai Design District, the “hipster district,” to name some of its biggest Dubai architectural developments. In Abu Dhabi, one of its major projects was The Souk, a shopping centre with high-end boutiques in a traditional Arabian-style design located In The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi.

Gleaming Art at the Fire Station


Dress by Yasmin Mansour
In lieu with one of Qatar’s most important cultural milestone, aramanstudio takes pride in shooting at the newly opened Fire Station Artist in Residence, an art hub accessible for everyone that opened March this year in Doha, Qatar. The gallery welcomes painters, multimedia artists, sculptors, and the likes to showcase and be part of this incredible spot.
During The Doha Fire Station’s opening this year, Sheikha Al Mayassa bin Hamad Al Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, attended whilst praising the art space’s cultural importance. And while the whole structure of the old fire station was maintained, the interiors are modernized and artistically turned into something more beautiful than it was.
The Fire Station is indeed a residence for the local art community and visitors alike.

On Assignment: Toufic Araman’s Sunset Resort


To photograph the resort area of Sharm El Sheikh, in Sinai, Dubai-based photographer Toufic Araman spared no effort
.He lit the hills. He lit—individually—the area under the area under each of the dozens of umbrellas on the normally dark beach. With an ingenious hack, I might add. He even lit the boat.
And he did it all without a single strobe, as he all but apologized to me later. That’s right, this is all done with continuous lights. And it wasn’t easy.
It was done as part of a 40-day shoot promoting international tourism to Egypt, which Araman calls “one of the best things to even happen” to his career. Sharm El Sheikh (map) is full of resorts, frequently illustrated with the predictable postcard-type imagery. But after scouting the area, he decided to go for something different.

The Fairytale of Galaxy – Silkier

Nelly Karim, Toufic Araman, Galaxy, astudio

Once upon a time, in a far away galaxy, there sat an Egyptian actress and star named Nelly Karim who wished to ride a Ferris wheel overlooking the entire kingdom.

But how is that possible? She lived in the woods with no means to go to the kingdom more so hop on a Ferris wheel.

Then poof! Dubai-based photographer, Toufic Araman, appeared to the rescue with his magic camera in tow.

Indeed, with the help of her fairy godfather, Nelly’s dream came true.

How? We’ll let you in on the secret…

The story began when the masterpiece was conceptualized and fairy godfather/astudio ME Creative Producer and Photographer, Toufic Araman had to go through an exciting adventure to compose an imagery that underwent a lot of stages. It had to be done within a limited amount of time.