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
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  • Location: Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza City.
  • Pakistan Floods

idea of india: rajasthan

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The world that revolves around the tomb complex of the Sufi saint Mu’in al-Din…

haiti’s struggle for democracy

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In early 2005, I traveled to Haiti to document what promised to be a…

a poor woman’s problem – fistula in nepal

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When I am introduced to Anita Rai at her small hotel room in the…

dream palaces: tibetan poets in exile

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Some weeks ago my friend Ananya Vajpeyi began posting verses of Tibetan poetry on…

pakistan: the flood

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The flooding of the Indus River in Pakistan in late July and August 2010…

pakistan: possibilities & paranoias

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Pakistan is one of the most photographed but least seen countries in the world.…

gaza: undone

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The Israeli assault on Gaza began on the last day of Hanukkah on December…

pakistan’s hunt for al-qaeda

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Since March 2004, when Secretary of State Colin Powell visited Pakistan and promised President…