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I was born in 1982 in the town of North Kashmir's Bandipora, 58 km
from the capital of Srinagar, when the seeds of the Kashmir Movement
were being sown by political leaders. I received my early education at
a military school in my town, and had my first camera when I was 7
years old. From that day on, I started photography.

When I was 20, I was appointed a photographer in the Daily Uqaab, a
Urdu newspaper, after I presented my photographs at a regional photo
exhibition in Srinagar. Before then, photography was only my hobby
which turned into my profession when I gained exposure at the photo
exhibition and received job offers from newspapers and news
channels.

It was also the emergence of turmoil in Kashmir in 1989 which made
me turn into a professional photojournalist. Covering all the aspects
of life in Kashmir, the situation obligated me to focus on the daily
protests, encounters and human rights violations. Of course, I also
photographed the beauty and scenery of Kashmir, besides its culture,
religion, travels, tourism, food, folks, and dances, rural and urb
life.

My interest mostly lies in political and religious events as well
as the issue of rural development. I also am keen on landscape
photography and photographing far flung areas that are in need of
external exposure.

In my eight years as a photographer, I have worked with leading
daily newspapers such as Alsafa and Dakshan Bhart, and was the photo
editor for Al-Akhbar News Service and a cameraman for the national
television channel ETV (Enado Television). Today, I am working as
registered photojournalist with Kashmir Media Group, the
English-language newspaper Daily Rising Kashmir, and the regional
Kashmiri newspaper Sangarmaal. In 2007, I received an award for best
photojournalist for my documentation of Kashmiri culture and
traditions from the Sangarmai Group of Publications at a state-level
function.

 
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