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Mamdouh, 2006

by Renee Nowytarger

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

Mamdouh Habib is an Egyptian born Australian Muslim known for his incarceration at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. He was born in 1956 in Egypt, moved to Australia in 1980, became a citizen here, married Maha, had four children, and taught Islam. After being released without charge he ran as an independent political candidate in the New South Wales legislative election in 2007, but failed to gain a seat after polling 5% in his electorate. The picture shows him in his natural demeanour, lighting a cigarette in Sydney.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from Renee Nowytarger

Love dogs, 2020 Renee Nowytarger
2021 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

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