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Women Photograph An evergreen catalogue of independent women photojournalists. Working to elevate the voices of female + nonbinary visual storytellers. https://www.womenphotograph.com/
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Photo by @yumnaaa | i am whoever you want me to be, june 2018.
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as a muslim american woman, i’m more often than not put into other people’s boxes. labeled as a person or a thing that becomes more digestible for a western audience. media focuses solely on my race or religious background, audiences are confused by the dualities that make me just another human being. i’m a muslim woman - how could i be comfortable with showing my body? i’m a muslim woman - i must be liberating myself from an oppressed background, right? media limits our perception of minorities - gives us boundaries for our understandings of them. we cannot be dynamic, we cannot be human. do i play into this stereotype? do i exploit media as much as it exploits me? i made this self portrait referencing carmen miranda, a woman who often played into her stereotypes as a brazilian woman in order to please a western audience - a woman i can empathize with.
my name is yumna al-arashi and i’m an arab american artist living in london. i’ll be sharing my self-portraiture work over this next week. i began making self-portraits over ten years ago as a means of understanding myself, testing new photographic methods, taking ownership of my body, and as a tool for self-expression.

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Photo by @yumnaaa | july 2017.
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this photograph was taken in the backyard of my first home in london, just a few months into living in the uk. i didn’t exactly know what i was doing in london but i felt happy to be there. i found myself blending in, welcomed by my surroundings, and wrapped in love’s arms.
my name is yumna al-arashi and i’m an arab american artist living in london. i’ll be sharing my self-portraiture work over this next week. i began making self-portraits over ten years ago as a means of understanding myself, testing new photographic methods, taking ownership of my body, and as a tool for self-expression.

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Photo by @yumnaaa | january 1st, 2017.
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hello! my name is yumna al-arashi and i’m an arab american artist living in london. i’ll be sharing my self-portraiture work over this next week.
i began making self-portraits over ten years ago as a means of understanding myself, testing new photographic methods, taking ownership of my body, and as a tool for self-expression.
this photograph was taken on the first day of 2017, after battling years of extreme depression. that day, i’d made a promise to myself to move forward, despite not having a home or a clear vision for my future. this portrait reflects myself as the tiny glimmer of hope in an abandoned structure amongst the beauty of the world. this marked the beginning of a new era for my life.

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Photo by @gulshanii
christmas in dar es salaam

this will be my final post for the takeover. thank you to @_mallorybenedict @dzalcman and @womenphotograph for the opportunity to share my images with all of you.
slowly but surely we make strides toward a more equal and just industry and @womenphotograph has already been and continues to be instrumental in this. i am grateful to be able to add my voice.

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Photos by @gulshanii
from the dusty corner of 12th avenue and selby street in alexandra township the sound of piano can be heard meandering through the windows of what clearly looks like a municipality built structure. a woman’s voice directs to a beat and the shuffling and tapping of little feet on a concrete floor becomes more distinct as you get closer. peering through the old wooden door reveals a hallway filled with beams of afternoon light, classical notes and children dancing the old tradition of ballet.

the joburg ballet development school in alexandra, johannesburg is one of three satellite schools originally established by south african ballet theatre in 2001. the other two are in soweto and hillbrow. the schools aim to provide an environment where the children can be exposed to classical ballet and a potential career in the performing arts in a safe and structured environment which encourages social growth. through artistic performance the children learn self worth and pride.

i am gulshan khan a news editorial and documentary photographer based in johannesburg and this i my last day taking over the women photograph account.

2 days ago comment 17 star 1,982

Photos by @gulshanii
community members of ennerdale, a still predominantly "coloured" township in johannesburg, took to the streets to protest the lack of police and government action to curb crime in their area. residents also complained of poor service delivery and inadequate or no housing.
within just a few minutes of being on the ground and talking to these families, they related stories of at least four deaths of their childrenby suicide or m****r that were linked to drug usage and trade, which is rife in the area.

protest action is still a regular occurrence in south africa as we try to bridge the inequalities and class divisions that our colonial and apartheid past created. while it has only been just over 20 years into the democracy, corruption is also rife and it is ofcourse still the poor who bear the brunt of this.
i am gulshan khan, a news editorial and documentary photographer and this is my final day of taking over the women photograph account.

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Photo by @gulshanii
a young girl ties a palestinian kaffiyeh during a demonstration of members of pro-palestinian and other civil society groups outside the u.s. consulate general in johannesburg, south africa, on may 15 2018. protesters there rallied against israel's killings of scores of palestinians on the gaza border one day earlier. on monday, the u.s. formally moved its embassy in israel to jerusalem from tel aviv in defiance of international outrage. @afpphoto
i am gulshan khan, an independent news editorial & documentary photographer from south africa, and i am very happy to be sharing some of my work with you this week.

3 days ago comment 16 star 2,505

Photos by @gulshanii
malindi.

local residents buy and sell fish at the malindi fish market in stonetown. in many coastal communities in zanzibar depend almost entirely on marine resources for their livelihoods. fish forms the primary source of food (98% of the protein in low-income households) and income. zanzibar has gained a reputation for it's pristine beaches, marine life, fresh seafood and the exponential rise in tourism, while creating ore jobs has effectively also putting pressure on the fishing industry and on the oceans. over-fishing and warming ocean temperatures due to climate change has meant less fish. fishermen increasingly have to go further and further out to sea to deeper and colder waters to match their previous hauls.

i am gulshan khan, an independent news editorial & documentary photographer from south africa, and i am very happy to be sharing some of my work with you this week.

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Photo by @gulshanii
this image was made at the funeral of mam nomzamo winnie madikizela mandela who passed on in april 2018.
everytime i look at it i think of all the women who have come before us who made it possible for us to be who we are today.
to our mothers who never had the language, the theory and complexities of feminism, but have lived and still live it.
to the stone throwers against the casspirs of yesterday, the survivors of and protectors from masculine violence, the breadwinners, the child bearers, the change-makers, the reclaimers, the social workers, the midnight street sweepers, the spaza shop runners, the hustlers, the soloists, the lovers and fighters. you know no other way of life but to fight. you are the foundations, the pillars and the roofs and we see you.

i am gulshan khan, an independent news editorial & documentary photographer from south africa, and i am very happy to be sharing some of my work with you this week.

4 days ago comment 6 star 1,182

Photos by @gulshanii
life in plastic.

1. birds scavenge the waste at robinson deep landfill, johannesburg's largest landfill.
2. neo pako, 22 has been a reclaimer for three years. he walks through a building called bekezela (patience) which used to be a school until 2007 and is since a place to sleep for many informal waste collectors despite its delapidated conditions.
3. oscar maile, 29, pulls his trolley as he collects waste in johannesburg city. maile has been doing this for three years and says there are often fights on the streets with other reclaimers. he sometimes does two or three rounds collecting waste to earn enough for the day.
4. a reclaimer wades through the waste at robinson deep landfill, johannesburg's largest landfill. reclaimers complain of not having adequate protective clothing and as a result suffering infections and other health issues.
5. clothing hangs on the washing line inside "bekezela".
6. reclaimers micheal morosi (l) and johannes matona stand for a portrait at mudimu recycling, a buy back centre in selby, johannesburg where reclaimers bring waste to be weighed and sold.
7. a reclaimer, sometimes called silver surfers, pulls his load of waste on a trolley into mudimu recycling, a buy back centre in selby, johannesburg, where reclaimers bring waste to be weighed and sold. a few groups of reclaimers have began organizing themselves and are liaising with local government to formalise their work with the hope to become more financially stable and to get protective equipment. many reclaimers live on the streets, are some are still on the margins of even this informal sector. some of them support drug habits which makes the cycle of poverty difficult to overcome
8. anthony matuli 39, pulls his trolley through the streets of newtown.
9. a reclaimer gets paid at the buy back centre in selby.
10. grace mudimu pays a reclaimer through a metal door at mudimu recycling. on average and depending on the type of plastic and the buy back centre, reclaimers will be paid between r1.20 - r3.00 (south african rand) a kilogram.

5 days ago comment 14 star 1,986

Photo by @gulshanii
children fall asleep while women pray the first taraweeh (late night) prayer of the muslim holy month of fasting, ramadan, at the nizamiye mosque. johannesburg, south africa. the mosque, built by the turkish community was completed in 2012 and is an adaption of the 16th-century ottoman selimiye mosque which is situated in edirne, turkey and it, including the school, museum and shopping complex situated in midrand is a significant marking of the turkish community's contribution to the south african landscape.
i’m gulshan khan, an independent editorial & documentary photographer from south africa, and i am very happy to be sharing some of my work with you this week.
my first few images are an extract from a project called ‘the things we carry with us’. this is the very beginning of a project with which i aim to document my own community of south african muslims; often i choose the viewpoint of the muslim women whose experiences and presences are not always visible. portraying: the prayer, the seeking and the hope, which is profound and shared.
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islam was brought to south africa on a s***e ship bound for the seaside city of cape town. while it was initially allowed, it was later spread and taught in secret when the colonial and apartheid regimes repressed it and has since flourished with muslim people who have come to south africa since, on journeys of heartache or fear, sometimes excitement; holding onto prayers. there is something to be said about these intangible phenomenon and people, and the threads which bind them together. faith is one of these threads that reach from the depths of the soul to the frontiers of the physical, the individual to the communal. faith lengthens and traverses borders and is a force which keeps communities together as they forge through difficulty. south africa is a developing country and it has become a haven or a last hope for those who have chosen to leave or who have lost their homes; for many, prayer and observance, together and in solitude, becomes the embodiment of connectedness, rootedness and reminiscence.

5 days ago comment 4 star 888

Photo by @gulshanii
women pray salah and recite the quran during the muslim holy month of fasting, ramadan, at the nizamiye turkish mosque. johannesburg, south africa. the mosque, built by the turkish community in south africa, was completed in 2012 and is an adaption of the 16th-century ottoman selimiye mosque which is situated in edirne, turkey and it, including the school, museum and shopping complex situated in midrand is a significant marking of the turkish community's contribution to the south african landscape.
i’m gulshan khan, an independent editorial & documentary photographer from south africa, and i am very happy to be sharing some of my work with you this week.
my first few images are an extract from a project called ‘the things we carry with us’. this is the very beginning of a project with which i aim to document my own community of south african muslims; often i choose the viewpoint of the muslim women whose experiences and presences are not always visible. portraying: the prayer, the seeking and the hope, which is profound and shared.
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islam was brought to south africa on a s***e ship bound for the seaside city of cape town. while it was initially allowed, it was later spread and taught in secret when the colonial and apartheid regimes repressed it and has since flourished with muslim people who have come to south africa since, on journeys of heartache or fear, sometimes excitement; holding onto prayers. there is something to be said about these intangible phenomenon and people, and the threads which bind them together. faith is one of these threads that reach from the depths of the soul to the frontiers of the physical, the individual to the communal. faith lengthens and traverses borders and is a force which keeps communities together as they forge through difficulty. south africa is a developing country and it has become a haven or a last hope for those who have chosen to leave or who have lost their homes; for many, prayer and observance, together and in solitude, becomes the embodiment of connectedness, rootedness and reminiscence.

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