Said Mohammad Abuhamdeh passed away peacefully on January 15th 2017 at the age of 91 surrounded by his family.
Photography was Said’s lifelong passion. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1955 from the American University of Beirut. At a time when photography was not yet considered a profession in Lebanon, Said pursued it with pride and passion, bringing a new level of quality to the art of photography in the Middle East.
Said’s photography caught the attention of global magazines, including The National Geographic magazine who commissioned him to photograph the stages of pilgrimage in Mecca. Similarly, Time Magazine and Daily Telegraph (London) commissioned him for special projects. In 1965, he won a medal of excellence in photography at the World Exhibit in New York. He went on to make documentary films and photo essays of major events, world leaders and artists. He was also actively involved in documenting industrial projects in a various parts of the Middle East.
Throughout his life, Said held himself to very high moral standards. Honesty, kindness, modesty and fairness were at the core of his existence and his work. He was a humble and pious man who believed that faith comes from within. Said was generous in his love and compassion for his family and everyone around him and he was loved by many.
He is survived by his wife Nawal Beidas Abuhamdeh, his three sons Rami, Fadi and Zahi, and six grand-children.
Prayer services will be held on Thursday January 19th, 2017 at 12:30PM at the Dar Al-Hijra Mosque (3159 Row Street, Falls Church, Virginia 22044).
Burial services will take place at approximately 2:15PM at the National Memorial Park (7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia 22042).
Condolences will be received on Saturday January 21st, 2017 from 2pm-7pm at the family residence in McLean, Virginia
“INNA LILLAHI WE INNA ILAIHI RAJ’IOUN”