African Photojournalism Database
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
South African photographer Gulshan Khan’s work focuses on stories related to human rights, social justice, identity and the dignity of people; themes which continue to direct her visual reflections of the human condition and the world around her.
Khan began her career as a stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP) where she was the first African woman to be hired by the agency in 2017, and has since been assigned by various international publications and NGOs on stories covering themes which range from access to water and sanitation, food security and education to healthcare and gender based violence, anti-poaching to plastic pollution and climate change.
Exhibited around the world Khan has had the honour of speaking at a host of institutions and events including the World Press Photo Festival 2019 and the National Geographic Storytellers Summit 2020. She sometimes lectures at her alumnus, the Market Photo Workshop.
Her long term project, ‘The things we carry with us’,an extract of which was acquired by the Iziko South African National Gallery and Museum, is a personal documentation about her community of contemporary Muslims in South Africa. To remedy the historical lack of visual representation that such communities suffered, due to the dislocation and erasure cause by colonisation and apartheid in Africa, it aims to be something that generations to come can look upon as a source of history and memory.
Khan was the recipient of the 2020 HIPA Emerging Photographer award, is an Everyday Africa contributor and a National Geographic Explorer.
2018 - World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Africa
- Breaking news
- Video capture
A girl rides the carousel at the Sultan Bahu Fete. Johannesburg, South Africa. The Sultan Bahu Centre is renowned for its ethos of "Healing a Heart" and is a well established community-based NPO which began over 40 years ago and now has offices in all of SA's major cities. The centre runs many projects including a home for vulnerable children, a drug rehabilitation centre, as well as specialised medical care that reverses cataract blindness and provides access to dialysis among others.
From ‘The things we carry with us", the beginnings of a long term project which looks at my own community of muslims in South Africa.
Life in Plastic
Birds scavenge from the waste at Robinson Deep landfill, Johannesburg's largest landfill on June 29, 2018.
From "Life in Plastic"
While Plastic pollution has become a dangerous global problem, for some, recycling means the difference between a meal or going hungry every day. This is a short story on the reclaimers (silver surfers) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Anti Poaching Field Rangers (L to R) Sibusiso Ngwenya Given Mbuyane and Lucky Inama, of Protrack Rhino Task Team, patrol along the river on July 22, 2018 in Limpopo, South Africa.
"How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?"
- For the New York Times