Sohail Karmani is a part-time photographer from London and a full-time professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi. In 2016, he was selected — among thousands of photographers across Europe — to participate in the second series of ‘Master of Photography’, a TV talent show that aired on Sky Arts in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Austria from the 25th May to 13th July 2017. For more on this, see masterofphotography.tv/
As a photographer, he has a keen interest in ‘people photography’. A key feature he strives to bring out in his photographs is an emotional connection between the subject and viewer. Colour often plays an important part in that process. Influences on his work include that of Raghubir Singh, Emilio Morenatti, and Steve McCurry — especially their work in South Asia. Other photographers he is inspired by include William Albert Allard, Ferdinando Scianna, Robert Doisneau, Sebastião Salgado and Mary Ellen Mark.
Since 2015, he has been woking on a portfolio of portraits from his ancestral hometown of 'Sahiwal', a city in Eastern Central Punjab in Pakistan. He has only visited Pakistan a handful of times, and after each visit finds himself being lured back by the beauty, warmth and humanity of ordinary Pakistanis.
Sohail is open to suggestions for assignments in the area of travel photography, documentary work and/or reportage (subject to availability). For related messages, please get in touch here.