Sharif's approach to photography and filmmaking is influenced by his lifelong love for cinematography and search for inclusion in the arts. The son of two immigrants from the Philippines and Egypt, whilst growing up in London he found a passion for the art and fashion world but struggled to find representations of himself and sister in the magazines he coveted. Since the start of his career, Sharif has pushed to create work that celebrates, represents, and studies youth culture that is marginalized, under-represented, or mis­represented in the arts. Hamza's dynamic contributions to the world of fashion and celebrity portraiture have influenced national advertising campaigns including the Victoria Beckman Beauty launch, Nike, Levi's Apple, Ralph Lauren, and BMW. His work often centers around persons of interest including Beyonce, Riz Ahmed, Kerry Washington, Timothee Chalamet, and Regina King. ln addition to fashion and arts publications, Hamza is a regular contributor to the New York Times, where he is able focus his artistic lens on the subjects - His signature use of innovative light and intimate portraiture has influenced his career and pushed his work beyond mere aesthetic and ventures into deeply unfeigned storytelling.