Tim Alsiofi’s unflinching document of people sheltering in a city under siege reaffirms the importance of transparency and immediacy in documenting crucially important scenes of unfolding history through moving images.

Tim Alsiofi
Lebanon, Syria
Thu 19/09
11 mins
The Main Guard

‘With the barrel bombs falling on Ghouta, the Eastern suburbs of Damascus, civilians sought shelter in the basements of their homes. I was one of them, holding on to my camera. I tried to film what I couldn’t express in words.

The words that did come to mind were lines of poetry from Teresa Mei Chuc’s 'The Bomb Shelter,' from Saigon to Ghouta:

When bombs are exploding outside, It means that there are implosions. Vibrations travel through air and liquid. My amniotic fluid is imprinted with airplanes Dropping bombs and screams and fire. In the bomb shelter in Saigon, My father teaches my two-year-old brother French. "Je m'appelle Chuc Nai Dat." "Je m'appelle..."' —Tim Alsiofi

Tim Alsiofi

Tim Alsiofi (1994, Douma, Syria) started studying sound engineering and music in 2009. He couldn’t complete his studies because of the blockade imposed on the city of Douma and eastern Ghouta. He was forcedly displaced in 2018. During this period, he worked as a director and a sound engineer in Russel Studio in Douma (2014-18). He also worked as a broadcaster and reporter for a several local and international radio stations.
After the beginning of his work as a field photographer in 2013, he contributed to the transfer of images from the heart of eastern Ghouta to numerous news agencies. He is a member of Sam Lenses team and a founding member of the voluntary project Humanity in Syria. Tim has also worked as a video photographer and director of photography in a number of short and feature documentaries.


Douma Underground (2018), Still Recording (2018)