Born in England to a Palestinian father and an English mother, I spent my early years moving between in various countries in the Middle East and Europe. This gave me a deep appreciation and understanding of different people and cultures, which is reflected in how I view and try to make sense of a sometimes confusing and often contradictory world.
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 earlier had visions of I humbly settled on being a photographer.
Over the years, I learned my craft working both as an artist and as a commercial photographer for advertising and design agencies, based in London, Stockholm and Dubai. I gradually found a style that I felt comfortable with which I felt spoke with the truth and emotion that I was seeking.
I now live on an organic homestead in Galicia, north-western Spain, with my wife, and our four-legged family of Arabian horses and Saluki dogs. I continue to pursue new art projects, exhibit regularly and run a few photography and print making workshops.
Limited edition prints of my art work are available to buy online or through a few galleries in the Middle East and Europe.
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
2019 "Kitāb Al-Filāha", Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain
2019 "Hikāyāt (stories)", Jacaranda Images, Amman, Jordan
2018 Impact10-Encuentro. International Printmaking Conference & Exhibitions, Santander, Spain
2018 "Kitāb Al-Filāha & La Alpujarra", Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
2018 "Drinkers of the Wind - the Arabian horse and the hunting falcon", Showcase Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2017 "Kitāb Al-Filāha & La Alpujarra", Biblioteca de Andalucia, Granada, Spain
2015 "Kitāb Al-Filāha", 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