Paradise is POYi 71 Best Photo Book Finalist

Happy to announce that Paradise has been chosen as a Finalist in the prestigious Picture of the Year International (POYi) awards! Congratulations to the winner Adam Panczuk  for his beautiful book “KARCZEBY” – it is a great honour to be mentioned alongside his work. Other finalists include Robin Hammond and Christopher Capozziello, whose works  I have come to admire…

Book flip video for Paradise uploaded!

In this 9-minute clip, I take you on a short tour through all 164 pages of the photo book “Paradise”, based on Pakistan’s Swat Valley. In the narration, I walk you through the thought process behind the body of work that spanned 2009-2013 – how it began, how it evolved, and how it ends. Special…

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.