Sharif’s approach to photography and filmmaking is influenced by his lifelong love for cinematography and continuous search for inclusion in the arts. The son of two immigrants from the Phillippines and Egypt, Sharif grew up in London, where he found a passion for the art and fashion world but struggled to find representations of hi mself or his sister in the magazines he coveted. Since the start of his career, Sharif has pushed to create work that celebrates, represents, and studies youth culture that is marginalized, under-represented, or mis-represented in the arts.
Hamza’s dynamic contributions to the world of fashion and celebrity portraiture have influenced national advertising campaigns, including the recent rebranding of iconic Tiffany & Co, Victoria Beckham Beauty, Nike, Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, and Revlon. His work often centers around persons of interest including Beyonce, Riz Ahmed, Lupita Nyong’o, and Traivs Scott. In addition to fashion and arts publications, Hamza is a regular contributor to the New York Times, where he is able to focus his artistic lens on the subjects. His signature use of innovative light and intimate portraiture has influenced his career and pushed his work beyond mere aesthetic and ventures into deeply unfeigned storytelling.
Tiffany & Co | Summer
NOWNESS | Levitation
Ralph Lauren | Polo
The Sound and Fury