Eslah Attar is a freelance photojournalist currently based in Washington, D.C. with an interest in cultural and societal change. Drawing from her Syrian roots, Eslah found herself visiting refugee families relocating in Cleveland who fled the Syrian Civil War. With the political climate in a changing state towards refugees, she realized how important it was for her to share their stories the sincerest way possible with the rest of the world. Since then, she has worked with displaced people from Africa and the Middle East. 

Eslah has attended Mountain Workshop, volunteered with Northern Short Course for the past three years and participated in study abroad journalism courses held in Cyrpus, Greece and Ireland. She was selected to participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop XXX and Women Photograph workshop held during Photoville. She was a recipient of the Wallace J. Hagedorn scholarship in 2016-2017 and was the winner of the Robert G. McGruder Student Award for Diversity. Eslah's work has been recognized by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, Ohio News Photographers Association and College Photographer of the Year. 

She enjoys all types of art, traveling to foreign places and meeting new people. She believes it is important to be globally aware of the human population and documenting that through visual storytelling is her goal, wherever she goes.

Email her at and follow her on Instagram at @_eslahlahlah

Portrait by Eric Lee.