Photojournalism helped me grow closer to my culture and heritage; it continues to encourage me to pursue stories that focus on what I personally hold dear. As a photojournalist, I have been published in the New York Times and most recently work at The Express Tribune in Karachi, Pakistan. This fall, I will be teaching photography at the Institute of Business Management in Karachi, as a visiting professor in the media program.
Before graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, I produced a short documentary film, It Will Be Like Magic, sharing the story of a young Rohingya refugee in Chicago and his Rohingya community. His story represents what many Rohingya have experienced at the hands of the Burmese government and the importance of community.
I am a South Asian Muslim. As such, I am personally invested in narratives throughout the Muslim world, especially in South Asia. I work to document truthful narratives of minority communities, humanitarian crises, social issues, and progressive culture.
Additionally, portraiture forms a large portion of my work with environmental portraits being the most rewarding. My proficiency in manipulating light shapes my editorial and advertising portraiture. I photograph with intention and often use practical, ambient light to motivate the environment while maintaining harmony with my strobes. Subsequently sweetening the images through retouching and color-grading in Capture One and Photoshop.
*I am first and foremost a photojournalist, honoring and practicing the NPPA’s code of ethics in my journalistic work.
Certified in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. (TECC Certificate)
Some other stuff about me.
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I'm from Western NY.
I enjoy archery, woodworking, hiking, cooking, and recently learned to ride a motorcycle.
I am a US national and Pakistani national.
I have two cats. Leo and Naala.