Hawre Khalid was born to a Kurdish family in Kirkuk, in 1987. He has witnessed all tensions between the Kurds and Iraqi government, Saddam Hussein until 2013. Some of his earliest memories took shape in the mid-90s when his uncle sent him photographs of Netherland showing him a different world. With the camera his uncle gifted to him, he started taking photos and sending them back to his uncle to show him life in Kirkuk. He received a degree in photojournalism from the Sulaimani University in 2008 and started working as a professional photographer in 2007. His publications include The New York Times, Time Magazine’s “Lightbox”, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Aljazeera English, and The Sunday Times. He is now a freelance photographer.