Yumna Al-Arashi is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and human being. Born to a Yemeni father and Egyptian mother, Yumna was raised in Washington, DC and studied Social Inquiry at The New School in New York City. Her on-going work has received support from Tribeca Film Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The US Department of State Office of Art in Embassies, The Magnum Foundation, Photoville, The International Center for Photography, National Geographic, NOWNESS, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).
With a background in the journalistic, fine art, and commercial worlds of photography and filmmaking, her aesthetic breathes new life into social issues such as women’s rights and human rights injustices. Her work seeks to create space for thought and discussion using visuals inspired by history, nature, and the female form. She often questions the gaze of the media we consume, and is committed to broadening our approaches to storytelling to develop a more human understanding of the world around us. Her approach to these often times delicate topics is far from conventional, as she believes strongly that traditional media so often solidifies harmful stereotypes, especially surrounding the vulnerable subjects she works with. She often spends months researching particular subjects in order to create the most impactful, beautiful, honest, and fair story. Yumna is a firm believer that beauty is the most powerful tool, refusing to deliver anything other than a high standard of aesthetic.
Her work has been featured in many major publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Artsy, Dazed&Confused, i_D, Vice, HuffingtonPost, The Cut, The National Abu Dhabi, and so many more. Her past clients include Apple, NOWNESS, National Geographic, ASOS, Topic, Warner-Bros, T-Mobile, and many more.