Vienna-based celebrity photographer and actor Karim Rahoma may have chosen the camera lens as his primary professional residence, but he has passed through the essential realms of the entertainment business, having studied acting and singing and appearing in plays to television and film productions throughout his international career.
Rahoma’s upbringing by an Austrian mother and Egyptian father has helped to shape his photographic style and globe-traversing career, bouncing from Cannes Film Festival and Berlinale to Sundance, SAG and the Oscars in search of his subjects. We sent Karim Rahoma to Venice biennale to capture it’s magic. Rahoma’s remarkably candid photographs of actors such as Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench, George Clooney, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem speak more as intimate portraits at some of the least intimate moments in the film industry.
Karim Rahoma takes a highly realist and almost candid approach to his craft. Perhaps a fortunate side effect of his theatrical training, his photographs pierce the very core of his subjects. Rahoma possesses the uncanny ability—one that is essential to the work of a portrait photographer—to capture the fascinating duality between one’s public persona and appearance with the inner, private self around which revolves endless intrigue and allure.