About Me

I’m Alia Youssef, a Vancouver based portrait and documentary photographer who passionately creates natural-light environmental portraits. I work with publications, brands, and NGOs to create visual stories which convey their purpose with diversity and authenticity in mind. My goal is to use my love of portraiture and my interest in diversifying the media we consume to bring about real change to media and advertising industries. My commercial projects with global brands, such as Dove and Getty Images, have been displayed internationally, including in New York’s Times Square and London’s Piccadilly Circus.

In my personal projects, I highlight underrepresented stories and histories, mainly pertaining to Muslim women and communities, in order to complicate stereotypical representations of us. My personal projects have been exhibited in solo and group shows at prominent galleries and festivals across Canada such as The Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery, Gallery 44, The Parliament of Canada, Presentation House Gallery, and Nuit Blanche Toronto. My work has been published in numerous online and print publications including Elle Magazine, VICE, The Globe and Mail, and Oprah Magazine. I regularly give public artist talks, most notably for the Aga Khan Museum, We Day Toronto, and Instagram. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Documentary Media with distinction from Ryerson University. I was recently awarded the Ryerson University Gold Medal.

Select Editorial, NGO and Commercial Clients:  The Globe and Mail,  Maclean's Magazine, Quill & Quire Magazine, Canadian Business, Ryerson University Magazine, University of Toronto Magazine, West End Phoenix, YWCA Canada, Plan Canada, Dove, Getty Images, and The Noun Project.

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For a longer list of press/features, as well as exhibitions, awards, and achievements, read my CV here.


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