The True Hearts of Sharjah

by Elham El Samra

This series of photographs, taken of shops on Sharjah’s oldest streets, showcases workers’ daily life. The camera points in their direction, creating a frontal approach that emphasizes intimacy. Displaying the cultural make-up of the city, the photographs try to capture individual interaction and how people behave in commercial spaces. They consist mainly of interior shots of grocery shops, garages, and street food vendors, with their vibrant colors and unique arrangements, displaying the visual rhythm of this city.