"When I feel blue, I need the Blues.
Since I was 13, I have taken refuge in clubs and bars to lose myself in the Blues. It’s not just the music but also the sense of belonging, of familiar smells, of rhythms that move you from within and lyrics that parallel life’s dramas.
Every major event in my life has in some way been lived within the walls of a Blues Club." Mark Abouzeid
Mark Abouzeid is a professional photojournalist bringing his particular view of the world we live in to readers every month. For the past year, he has been resident in the Jazz Club front row center Tuesday night for a jam session of local and internationally renowned musicians.
Mark Abouzeid travels the globe bringing his particular view in photos, multimedia and words to readers of international magazines including La Nazione (Italy), The New York Times, Washington Post, Dove (Italy), Der Spiegel (Germany), The Italian (UK), South China Morning Post (HK), Sydney Morning Herald (Aust), South Florida Gourmet, Adventure (NZ) and many more. For his work and special projects, Mark has received numerous awards including special recognition by the Italian Association of Professional Photographers in 2008 and a Peace Prize from the Region of Puglia for “Nemico Fratello”, a traveling exhibit and lecture series promoting positive imagery of the Arab World. He is a teacher of Visual Communications in Florence and an event promoter for Florence’s burgeoning cultural rebirth.