A whiff of Paradise

My hands actually trembled as I leafed through the final book dummy. I have seen the images and sequence a hundred times. But holding the hardcover in my hands and turning the half-cut pages – even though they were not glued to the spine yet – felt simply magical. The tactile satisfaction that a real…

Masterclass with Gerhard Steidl

 It is not too far-fetched to say that every photographer wishes to be published by Steidl. So when the chance came to attend a masterclass by the master himself, I jumped on the opportunity. Even though my book was already at the binders, it was undoubtedly the lesson of a lifetime. To listen and learn…

How It All Began: A Book Mockup

Every fruit begins with a seed. For the book Paradise, the seed was sown in March 2012, when I had the chance to attend book-making workshop by Alex & Rebecca Webb and David Chickey. We were taken through a rather intensive 2.5 days, in which we learnt how the Webbs edited their images for their books,…

Paradise goes to press!

After many months of work – selecting, sequencing, editing, deliberating over paper  to use – we’re finally here, at the press, smelling the ink against paper, hearing the roar of the rollers and feeling the buzz of the press, as Paradise becomes reality.

The Humble Auto-rickshaw Driver

I met Sher Zaman in the sweltering plains of Punjab in May 2009. It was my first brush with the Swatis, who first told me: ” Janad ubeyo” (Our Paradise is lost). It was this meeting that set a burning question into my head: “What does Paradise look like?” His big-heartedness opened up a whole…

The Journey Begins

  The book begins with this image – suggesting one of journey. This image shows a family returning from their exile, one year after the terrible flood hit Swat in 2010. For me this picture endures beyond the obvious. The static nature of the atill image is broken by the diagonal upwards movement, suggesting an…