” With an ethics discussion planned at World Press Photo’s Awards Days to add to a previously released report, hopefully the organization will arrive at a clearer standard of picture ethics, and on the honesty of the photojournalism process. The highly decorated AP photographer Altaf Qadri started his career in conflict photography in Kashmir, his homeland.The path epitomizes the crazy risks affecting the kid.
As Qadri was born an ethnic Kashmiri Muslim but raised in the Indian-controlled part of the region, he received good lessons about conflict from a young age.
Later, he would become well-known for his coverage of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya, but his first experiences came early: “Being a photographer here in Kashmir is a struggle between the common people, the Indian forces and yourself.”Later, what Qadri learned from the battlefields abroad informed his work closer to home.
In my case, I feel I have remained objective, since my approach in my personal projects is to remain totally journalistic.
No matter the events and participants, the facts are paramount.
Today, he brings the high standards of conflict zone photojournalism into his every day work covering political and social life and also to his personal projects.
Throughout his work, Qadri remains a detached witness more than an artist—his aim is to portray rather than express an opinion.
Journalists are intimidated and harassed while doing their job in an extremely hostile environment.
Receiving the forefront of this oppression are the photojournalists and camera crew of various media whose presence is being frowned upon by the Indian troops. After all, such visual journalists are more noticeable to the soldiers—they carry equipment along with them and any use of their equipment is not appreciated by the Indian army.
LC: Working once more in your native city, how can you see it clearly as a photographer and journalist?
AQ: There is always a notion that if you are covering your own war, you will be biased and unable to show the “real” picture.