Photographs by Fazal Sheikh. Text by Eduardo Cadava.
Steidl Photography International, 2011. 192 pp., 100 quadtone illustrations, 8¼x10¼".
For New York-born photographer-activist Fazal
Sheikh, the portrait is an important tool. For
more than two decades, as he has worked in
different communities around the world, the
invitation to sit for a portrait has been one
of the principle means by which he has established
a link with his subjects and been
allowed to enter and document their lives.
This volume contains the full range of Sheikh’s
work, from his earliest portraits taken in
African refugee camps, through long-term
projects in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan,
Somalia and Kenya, to more recent work in
South America and India.Many of his subjects
have been displaced from their homes or
their countries, and their lives have been
lived under the threat of violence, poverty
and discrimination.With a text by writer and
theorist Eduardo Cadava, this book tackles
difficult issues, raising the moral dilemma of
documenting the lives of disadvantaged people
within the context of contemporary art.