African Photojournalism Database
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Gulshan Khan is an independent photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A believer that political and socio-economic awareness helps direct powerful visuals, she strives to fuse her past experience in the international relations and diplomatic sector as well as her continued learning of identity politics, with her work.
A stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP), she has also worked with various NGO’s including the African Womens Development Fund and has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Financial Times, El Pais, The Wall Street Journal among others. She has been featured by the World Press Photo in their Four to Follow series on emerging African Photographers. She is a member of Women Photograph.
Khan is currently working on multiple projects including a look at religion and migration to engage with ideas of the replication of origins, the re-establishment of communities and the transformations of physical and social landscapes, specifically from the perspective of women. Her interests in identity, transition and belonging continues to direct her visual representations of the human condition and the world around her.
She sometimes dabbles in a bit of poetry and short form.
- Breaking news
- Video capture
Islam in SA / Diaspora Communities
Children fall asleep while women pray the first Taraweeh (late night) prayer of the Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, at the Nizamiye Mosque in Johannesburg. The prayer takes place every night for the duration of the 30 day of fasting and many mosques complete a reading of the entire quran in this time. It is believed that Ramadan is when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) by God. The mosque was completed in 2012 and is an adaption of the 16th-century Ottoman Selimiye Mosque which is situated in Erdine, 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.