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March 17, 2012 / the s.a. project

Photographing Artists Series – II

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’. Also see Photographing Artists Series I.

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 Mobeen Ansari

Mobeen Ansari is young, talented and driven by a manic love for the captured image. In the last decade Mobeen has travelled all across Pakistan and taken some stunning photographs of the land, its streets and its people. Although heavily engrossed with portraiture at the moment, Mobeen’s landscapes and industrial photographs are breathtaking.

Today I’m featuring portrait photographs taken from a project that Mobeen has been working on for almost 2 years. (It was hard to make the selection as he has a multitude of photographs and personalities to choose from, but maybe those can be saved for later posts). The massive project, which is a  journey of recording faces and histories of iconic personalities of Pakistan, will culminate in a published book (hopefully in 2012). Mobeen’s work has also been featured in many publications across Pakistan, as well as a recent surprise feature in National Geographic Russia.

See more work at Mobeen Ansari’s facebook page or his flikr account.

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


Artists photographed (in order of appearance): RM Naeem, Salima Hashmi, Saeed Akhtar, Raza Kazim, Iqbal Hussain, Anwar Maqsood, Sheema Kirmani.



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  1. Robby Cowell / Mar 17 2012 2:02 pm

    These are great portraits, they really portray the personality and history of the sitters. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Saadia hussain / Mar 18 2012 6:08 pm

    Saira, Mobeen took these photos or Nashmia did? What ever else , these are amazing and should be recorded as a historical. I have a photo and it was taken by R.M sahib. Should I mail you?

    • the s.a. project / Apr 4 2012 3:27 pm

      Saadia, these are taken by Mobeen Ansari.
      Nashmia’s photographs are part of the last post.
      Please do send me any and all such images that you might have taken. Even those that you might have in your archive.

  3. Haidar Ali / Jun 11 2012 7:33 am

    naked vulgar pictures bena bena kai saeed sahab ki shakal pai lanat per gai hai………..kehtay hain….chehra shaksiat or kirdar ka aina dar hota hai…..saeed sahab ghar mai beho honay kai bawajood jaisii foshosh drawings benatay hain….zahir hai lanat to peray gi hi shakal pai.

  4. Haidar Ali / Jun 11 2012 7:39 am

    soochnay wali baat hai kai cukoo cafe walay iqbal ki shakal pai itni lanat nahi peri ……likin saeed sahab ki shakal pai lanat per gai hai …….kia weja hai?koi to weja hai…..weja yehi hai kai saeed sahab ajeeb or ghareeb vulgar painting benatay hain.;…or onho nai apni sari zindagi fahashat pehlanay mai guzar di……..nateeja yeh hai kai oun ki sakal manhous ho gai hai….saeed sahab ka beta bhi apnay baap ko yeh nahi kehta kai abba jee..ghar mai baho hai… kisam ki herketain abb choor dain….tauba kerian……tauba mout sai pehlay kisi bhi wakat qabool ho jati hai …..likin jab mout ki sakhti shuru ho gai to phir tauba kai darwazay bend ho jatay hai…..phir time ata hai appnay kertoton ka samna kernay ka or saza bhugtnay kaa…..mera saeed sahab ko yehi paigham hai kai sachay dil sai tauba kerain.

    • the s.a. project / Jun 20 2012 10:05 am

      Acha ji. Haur kuch? Since you have put down many different artists on this blog, and called them mad, mental, and ‘bullshyte painters’, you now move on to hating on ‘Saeed Sahab’! Bhai why call him with such izzat if you hate his ‘demonic’ lifestyle so much. While you’re at it, why don’t you just denounce all forms of art as demonic and be done with it (and save yourself some time, electricity, and heartburn).

  5. Haidar Ali / Jun 20 2012 10:53 am

    i do not hate saeed sahab….i dont endorse his work…and hate it …reason beings it shows the pervert nature of saeed sahab..

  6. nudratfatima / May 28 2013 9:29 pm

    beautiful photography. i love the ideas. brilliant work! cheers.

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