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Somaya Al-Samawi


This makes me believe that the responsibility of the house, herself and attention to detail, is a natural instinct in the woman. She does not do this to try to prove she is the best, or because she lives in a competition against other women.


She just likes to have a beautiful and peaceful environment, adhering to all that is beautiful. That makes these women who they are, despite the simplicity of living as role models for other women. I have always thought that Yemeni women are different from the women of the world. Do the other women in the world do something routine that isn’t here? Do they have interests that we don't have or vice versa? So it made me wonder: what if I went into those houses to picture Yemeni women; to see how they live and to learn of their interests? The women I chose to photograph were random; I focused on the finer details of their lives.

Price: £55

The Photographer

The Photographer: Somaya has four daughters. She lives in Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen. Her house smells of incense, which she prepares herself. She is a woman who loves traditional antiques and traditional clothing. She always puts grain in her kitchen window for the passing pigeons. In order to be able to complete her daily ritual after lunch, she prepares Adeni Tea  (Milk with Tea). Somaya sees her home as a priority, not because she has to, but because she loves to.


Alongside our second print issue, shado has produced a 3-month photography project with 18 photographers around the world where each photographer has responded to the brief I AM A WOMAN.

There is no one way of defining what it personally means to identify as a woman – and we wanted to leave it to a community of photographers to open up these interpretations.


Print Quality: 600 dpi 

Dimensions: A3

Production Time: 


Each photograph is professionally printed in a London studio. Once ready, prints are shipped flat or in a sturdy cardboard tube and secured on both sides. 


* For addresses in the UK, delivery will take up to 5 business days. 

* International shipping is available to all destinations and postage will be added accordingly. For Europe estimated delivery is 5-6 business days, and for the rest of the world 5-12 business days.