Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Ed immigrated as a political refugee to New York at the age of 15. including a multiple years staying in France. After his graduate studies in Political Science at NYU, Ed spent most of his adult life in advertising. He founded and ran successful boutique agencies with clients in the financial and luxury markets. In 2001, he sold his agency to the Omnicom Group. After his retirement from the advertising field in 2009, Ed revived his passion for photography.
His personal photographic passion is to explore the imagery of daily commuters across New York’s public transportation. These projects examine the interplay of light and shapes: while most are granted visual access to the object of reality, these photographs attempt to interpret their appearance and rediscover subjects in magical situations.
Through the camera lens, the subject(s) are fragmented, hemmed in, isolated from one another amidst revery and introspection. They are reflected, blurred, and distorted through dirty windows; transformed by the interplay of streetlights, tunnel lights,
The grid structure of the window frames, poles, captures shapes, and abstractions forming images that are endearing, puzzling and theatrical; enhanced by every day colors or masked by shifting shadows.
Ed’s additional interests revolved around event photography, with organizations including:
· NIKE and Kenny Graham’s West 4th Street Basketball Tournaments;
. The Museum of the City of New York which celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity;
· Figure Skating in Harlem, an organization for girls of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating;
· Ice Theatre of New York, which creates and advances ice dance as a performing art and provides education and public performances for people of all ages;
· JACK’s NY, a venue whose mission is to fuel experiments in art and activism, collaborating with adventurous artists to bring about a just and vibrant society; and,
· Metropolitan Playhouse of New York, a production theatre devoted to presenting plays that explore American culture.
Ed recently completed a photographic essay on his wife Ellen and her journey fighting breast cancer.
Ed work was included in the following juried exhibitions "Public Spaces - Private Moments, Soho Group Gallery, 2019
"Public Spaces - Private Moments, Blue Door Art Center,Group Show, Yonkers, NY, 2019
“ Chaos and Beauty”, a Solo Show curated by Chris Giglio, Pratt Institute, 2016
“ Reflections and Reveries” Group Show, Pratt Institute, 2015
“ Subway Portraits” Group Show, Upstream Gallery, 2015
“ Residents Of Saint-Remy “ Saint-Remy-de Provence Group Show, 2014
“ Avignon” Group Show, School of Visual Arts, 2014
Ed photos have been published in the NY Times, Art Forum, Village Voice, Huffington Post.com, Public Theater.org, Time Out, Dance Enthusiast. com, Theater Scene.net, Stage and Cinema.com, Essence and Black Enterprise magazine.
He is proudly supported by his wife and his two children.