Ziyah Gafic, unveiling the unknown
I really enjoyed this documentary about the work of Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafic, who documented successful Saudi Arabian Women, too rarely talked about, even though they have high education and occupy high ranks in the society. I love the composition of his pictures who allow the subject to feel at ease in her environment. There is a sense of pride and a real strength in those photographs
Through Ziyah Gafic’s lens, VICE was invited into a world rarely visited by outsiders to lift the abaya and niqab and meet the women underneath (who are newspaper writers, doctors, and members of the ministry of education)
Who is the photographer?
Ziyah Gafić was born in Sarajevo, where he graduated in Comparative literature. Since 1999 he has been travelling extensively and covered major events in more then forty countries. Gafić’s work was exhibited at many relevant galleries and photo festivals such as: Visa pour l’image Perpignan, Rencontres du photograhie Arles, Fovea Editions New York, Oude Kerk Amsterdam, Tom Blau gallery London, Grazia Neri gallery Milano. Nowdays, he regularly publishes his work in some of the worlds leading publications such as Amica, La repubblica, Time, Tank, Telegraph Magazine, Newsweek, L’Espresso. His photo essay on Bosnia was published in the book „Tales from Globalizing World“ by Thames & Hudson while his works are included in several overviews of contemporary photography such as „Photography as Contemporary Art“ by Thames & Hudson and „The way people live“ by Gabriel Bauret.
Gafić just completed his long term project “Troubled Islam”.