How did you de­cide to be­come a pho­tog­ra­pher?


It all be­gan in 2001 when I was work­ing as art di­rec­tor on the Pe­shawar Univer­sity’s first cen­tral aca­demic prospec­tus. It’s the sec­ond largest univer­sity in Asia and has 52 de­part­ments. The im­ages pro­vided by the man­age­ment were from an old li­brary and did not suit my lay­out. As a re­sult, I had to shoot ev­ery­thing all over again from stu­dents, life­style, cam­pus, in­te­rior, ex­te­rior… Once the prospec­tus was pub­lished, the peo­ple of knew me started to con­sider me as one of the best pho­tog­ra­phers in town. That was the first time I thought about pur­su­ing pho­tog­ra­phy as a ca­reer, which I even­tu­ally did.

What was your ca­reer path?

I started my ca­reer as an art di­rec­tor and used my pho­tog­ra­phy to help my cre­ative process; later with time, I switched to pho­tog­ra­phy and started work­ing in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

Did you go to school to study pho­tog­ra­phy or are you self-taught?

I got my mas­ter’s de­gree from art col­lege in ad­ver­tis­ing de­sign as my ma­jor sub­ject, while pho­tog­ra­phy and paint­ing were mi­nors.

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