Asim Rafiqui

Asim Rafiqui

Asim Rafiqui (Pakistan) is an independent photojournalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Harper's, Stern, National Geographic (France) and many other publications. Asim has reported from Haiti, Japan, India, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Sweden and Ukraine among other places.

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, he moved to New York in 1984 to study engineering at Columbia University and has since lived, at various times, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lahore, London, Munich, Bangkok, Stockholm and Kigali.

He was the recipient of an Open Society Fellowship and has since 2012 been using a variety of media to present a more nuanced and personal perspective on the issue of access to justice in Pakistan. By focusing on the plight of some of Pakistan’s most marginalized communities, he highlights the structural roots of the pervasive injustice that afflicts their lives and the failure of the current legal apparatus to resolve them.

Previously, Asim was a Fulbright Fellow to India, where he worked on 'The Idea of India', a project that looked at India’s heritage of cultural and religious pluralism and syncretism. For this project he was also a recipient of an Aftermath Grant in 2009. Asim also received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant to document the impact of the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip on its residents. In 2015 Asim received the Magnum EF Grant for his project titled 'Law & Disorder: A People's History of the Law In Pakistan'.

He authors the photography blog The Spinning Head.


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  • Pakistan: The Hunt for Al Qaeda
  • Manga Culture in Japan
  • Iraq: The Struggle of the Assyrian Christians
  • Evangelicals in America
  • death of a democracy
  • street scene, peshawar
  • Rafah, Gaza
  • RAF001SI0008
  • Location: Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza City.
  • Pakistan Floods

toxic leather tanning factory

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The leather tanning industry in Pakistan employs about 500,000 Pakistanis who often do precarious…

gangs of karachi

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It is politics by other means. In one of the most violent neighbourhoods in…

between the cross and the kalashnikov

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The Assyrian Christians find themselves trapped between Iraqi militant and political groups, who consider…

law & disorder: a people’s history of the law In pakistan

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Nearly 40 Pakistani citizens remain indefinitely imprisoned at the Bagram Prison in Afghanistan without…

idea of india

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We have become accustomed to news of sectarian violence on the Indian sub-continent suggesting…

she is not alone – fistula in pakistan

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Anjum Bibi – a 32-year old mother of six, lies under anesthesia on an…

evangelicals in america

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Over the last 125 years, evangelical protestantism has been dominating North American history. Today…

idea of india: gujarat

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A continuity of history has been erased at the temple of the goddess Bahucharaji.…

idea of india: kerala

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Here, in this small town in Western Kerala, members of two communities have managed,…

idea of india: jammu & kashmir

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Ham ko maâluum hai Jannat kii haqiiqat lekinDil ke khush rakhne ko Ghalib yih…

idea of india: maharashtra

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The Hindu temple contains two shrines, both to men who were once Muslims. As…

idea of india: uttar pradesh

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Temple desecration and destruction were acts of conquests and establishment of authority and rarely…