Born in England, I spent my formative years living in various countries in the Middle East and Europe. This gave me a first hand appreciation of different cultures and traditions which I feel is reflected in how I view the world and how I shape my work.
Earlier in life, I was drawn to music as an outlet for creative expression. Once I realised that I wouldn’t be the rock star I had visions of I humbly settled on photography.
Over the years, I learned my craft working both as an artist and as a commercial photographer for advertising and design agencies in London, Stockholm and Dubai. I gradually found a style that I felt comfortable with which speaks with the truth and emotion that I was seeking.
I now live on an organic homestead in Galicia, north-western Spain, with my wife, our beautiful Arabian horses and our regal Saluki dogs. Alongside my 'farm duties' and riding our horses, I continue to pursue new art projects, have exhibitions and lead regular photography and printing workshops.
My work is available to buy as limited edition fine art prints online and in a few art galleries internationally.
What others have said
"There is a strange-making in much of Dajani’s work, a way of making perfectly ordinary things seem quite strange and extraordinary. Such work leaves the viewer feeling touched, moved, disturbed - leaves him or her with a whole complex of emotions and desperately wanting to know more. Most of my wondering is about Dajani’s falcons. I have never seen stranger or more beautiful photographs of birds than his." ~ John Wood, poet, photographic historian & editor
“Tariq Dajani is a photographer and printmaker. He is mostly known for his poetic portrait studies of the Arabian horse and the hunting falcon. Beautifully observed and mastered, the work displays intellectual depth and classical realism. It is contemporary while invoking something of the European Masters.” ~ Barbara Rowell, gallery owner, Jacaranda Images
2018 Impact10-Encuentro. International Printmaking Conference & Exhibitions, Santander, Spain
2018 Kitab Al-Filaha & La Alpujarra, Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
2018 Drinkers of the Wind - the Arabian horse and the hunting falcon, Showcase Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2017 Kitab Al-Filaha & La Alpujarra, Biblioteca de Andalucia, Granada, Spain
2015 Kitab Al-Filaha, Jacaranda Images, Amman, Jordan
2014 El Asil y El Noble, KasserRassu, Marbella, Spain
2013 Saqr - the Hunting Falcon, Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2012-13 Photography Open Salon, Arles, France / Penang, Malaysia
2011 Saqr - the Hunting Falcon, Jacaranda Images, Amman, Jordan
2010 Playground, Lumas, Köln, Germany
2009 Above Wadi Rum, Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
2009 Asil - the Arabian Horse, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE
2009 Three Dimensions, National Museum of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
2008 Arabhästen, Galleri Hippo, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Creek Art Fair, XVA, Dubai, UAE
2008 Asil - the Arabian Horse, Zara Centre, Amman, Jordan
2006 Mind, EURO RSCG, London, UK
2005 Capture, AoP Gallery, London, UK
2003 Skin, Galleri Z:e, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Edge, AoP Gallery, London, UK
1994 Freedom Now, Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
2011 International Color Awards, Honorable Mention
2010 Campaign Photography Awards, Dubai, Specified Category (1st Place)
2009 International Color Awards, Honorable Mention
2007 International Color Awards, Fine Art Category (1st Place)
2001 AoP 18th Awards, London, Personal Portrait Award
2001 John Kobal Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London