Working across Asia and beyond, Altaf Qadri is a highly respected and an award-winning photojournalist who for the last 15 years has been at the cutting edge of international photojournalism. Altaf started out covering news and features stories for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA) in Kashmir before moving on to the Associated Press and over the course of his career, he has covered everything from political turmoil and cultural interest stories through to major natural disasters. His photographs appear daily in a wide range of highly esteemed international publications.
Altaf is also a well-experienced conflict photographer who has documented everything from deadly street battles in his native Kashmir to full-blown international and civil wars such as those in Afghanistan and Libya, wherein 2012 he spent around two days hiding behind the lines of General Gadaffi’s advancing forces.
Having repeatedly risked life and limb to file hard-hitting reports from some of the world’s most fraught regions, Altaf is a fount of practical journalistic knowledge and photographic know-how that has time and again been put to the test out in the field.
Altaf has won numerous awards and accolades include winning the World Press Photo twice, the National Geographic Society award and Photographer of the Year International awards among many others. To impart photojournalism education to people interested in different genres of photography, Altaf has co-founded School for Narrative and Aesthetic Photography (SNAP) through which he takes students to photography expeditions and photo workshops. Altaf has delivered lectures at The Aurora Forum at the Stanford University, Los Angeles College of Arts, National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC. He is usually invited to deliver lectures to the students of various universities in India. The New York Times has described him as “prolific and perceptive”. He is presently based out of New Delhi.