USC Cinematic Arts

Karim Ben Khelifa, 43, is a belgian/tunisian photojournalist who freelances regularly for Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, GEO and dozens of others.

Karim is known for his coverage of the Middle East, especially the Iraq and Afghan wars, where he covered the insurgent sides. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents. In 2011 and 2012, Karim was on the advisory board of the Observatory for Photojournalism of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Since 2004, he is part of the committee that nominates photographers for the World Press Photo Foundation’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass.

In 2013 he was invited as a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and is currently a Visiting Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Art, Science and Technology where he is designing his transmedial project "THE ENEMY", an immersive installation uses VR to bring the audience into conversations between enemies within longstanding global conflicts. integrating concepts from cognitive science and Artificial Intelligence-based interaction models into the project to engender empathy.