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February 26, 2012 / the s.a. project

Photographing Artists Series – I

The Photographing Artists Series is an attempt to compile various perspectives and angles of how artists are perceived. Portraiture was once only the domain of artists who painted or drew famous people, commissions, muses, lovers and themselves. However, it has always intrigued me how artists are perceived by others. I have commented on it before in the blogpost ‘artist: the raving lunatic’ and most recently also did a feature on a self-portraiture group show ‘the artist and the self’.

In this series I will be posting images of Pakistani artists that have been taken by various photographers in the photographer’s studio, in the artist’s studio, at exhibitions/events, or even candidly.

If you have photographs of artists that you’d like to share, please email them at saira[at]sairaansari[dot]com with details.

Artists photographed by Nashmia Haroon

Nashmia Haroon’s portfolio is vast and she works best when she is tackling situations that are beyond the controlled environments of a studio. Some of her most moving works came from photographing post-bombing sites in Lahore (featured in Reuters 2010), documenting protests (included in the Delhi Photo Festival 2011), and even venturing into the infants ward at a local hospital. Another side to her portfolio is the beautifully structured domain of urban and architectural imagery which is often photographed keeping key light, reflection and exposure elements as the narrative makers. On a different note today, here are her ‘artists‘. Enjoy.

See more work at Nashmia Haroon’s website and on her facebook page .

Roll over pointer on images to see titles. Click images to see them magnified.

Artists photographed (in order of appearance): Rashid Rana, Usman Saeed, Sumaya Durrani, Risham Syed, Sarah Ahmed Mumtaz, Sana Arjumand, Ameena Hussain and Amean J.



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  1. Aaron Cohen Photography / Feb 26 2012 9:04 am

    Wow! Such beautiful photos! I am a WordPress photographer as well, so I love seeing posts like this! Great job, and keep it up!

    • the s.a. project / Feb 26 2012 9:33 pm

      Thank you for the appreciation. Hope you drop by more often!

  2. Maria Khan / Feb 28 2012 11:45 am

    i loved it! the photographs are just amazing!!!!

    • the s.a. project / Feb 29 2012 8:09 pm

      Thank you Maria. Look out for the next in the series also!

  3. Faseeh Shams / Nov 18 2012 7:43 pm

    A very interesting projects – I certainly wish to contribute in a project which deals with artists and their life’s in Pakistan. A state where Artists are not respected or paid enough needs to have a deeper and wider understanding on how importnat it is to create, explore and report individual voices.

    • the s.a. project / Dec 1 2012 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments Faseeh.
      Please feel free to share your work with me at saira[at]sairaansari[dot]com and let me know its for the blog. I’d like to share it here or on the blog’s facebook page:


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