• (480) 512-2035
  • Phoenix, AZ based
  • Available for assignments throughout the Southwest.

I've freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and CityLab, among others, and my work has appeared in USA Today,, the New York Daily News, and more. I've interned for The Arizona Republic, Austin American-Statesman, and Bozeman Daily Chronicle. I also worked as a multimedia journalist for the University of Montana's independent student paper, the Montana Kaimin.

Photo by Moe Clark.


Who: I'm Eli! That's me in the above photo, which I made in one of my favorite patches of woods in Montana. I'm an Algerian-American visual journalist from the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. My interest in photojournalism stemmed from a love of nature and evolved into a love of documenting the human experience in all its nuance and complexity. I often get nostalgic about the suburbs or think about my identity as a multiethnic person.


  • SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 10, feature photography
  • SPJ Mark of Excellence, Region 10, finalist in breaking news photography
  • Featured image in Getty Images #ReportageSpotlight
  • 6th place nationally, 2019 Hearst Journalism Awards for radio

Background: I recently finished my senior year at the University of Montana in Missoula, where I studied Journalism. I stumbled upon photojournalism after my freshman year of school, depressed and confused about my direction when I realized I didn't want to be an ecologist. After watching online talks by photojournalists and living in Costa Rica alone for three months, I fell in love with it. That was more than three years ago, and I've worked hard to learn, improve, and make meaningful images since. I believe deeply in the power of a photograh to connect people; to illustrate the human experience, inform the public, expose the truth, hold power to account, influence legislation, evoke empathy and curiosity -- to change the world. This may seem preachy, but I'm really into it.

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