Irene Abdou Photography

I come from the world of humanitarian aid & international development, first getting my start in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where I lived in a mud hut with a straw roof in a tiny village of 40 people and later in a small town of 10,000. Without running water or electricity, I cooked on a portable burner hooked up to a small cannister of gas. I perfected my French language skills and picked up Fulfulde and Djerma. After 3 1/2 years in Niger, I returned to the Washington, DC area, eventually moving back to Africa to spend 2 years in South Sudan living in a tent. I began to work professionally as a photographer in late 2007. Since then, my photography has been recognized, published, and exhibited by numerous organizations. I am available for assignments around the world.

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Recent Clients

  1. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  2. Save Darfur Coalition
  3. Traveller Magazine
  4. Society for Family Health
  5. Population Services International


  1. FY08 Creative Projects Grant for travel/documentary photography, Montgomery County Arts & Humanities
  2. Wanderlust, 3-Person Exhibit, Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD, November 6, 2009-January 4,
  3. Africa’s Beating Heart: Window to the Nigerian Soul, 2-Person Exhibit, Barry Gallery, Marymount Univ
  4. Africa Dreamed, Solo Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD, May 2-July 3,
  5. Landscapes and Dreams, 3-Person Show, Holy Cross Art Gallery, Silver Spring, MD, February 1-March 28