Bio: 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 initially 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.

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Since 2015, he has been working on putting together 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 any such requests, please get in touch here.

instagram.com/sohail.karmani/
www.facebook.com/karmaniphotography/


Current Camera Gear:

Bodies:
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Panasonic Lumix GX8

Lenses:
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2

Awards:

First Prize "I Shot It" Competition
Child Photo Competition 2015 5
Child Photo Competition 2015 5 (judge's comments)
10 December 2015

Honorable Mention in Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015
People: Portraits Category
29 November 2015

Finalist in the September 'Shoot the Frame' Competition:
Shoot the Face award
5 October 2015

Runner up (Mark of Excellence) in "I Shot It" Competition:
Premium Photo Competition 2015 2, 30 August 2015

Runner up in PDN Faces Contest 2015:
Man with the Pink Turban, 14 August 2015

Winner of the July 'Shoot the Face' Award:
shoottheframe.com/shoot-the-face-finalist-gallery/?view_p...
6 August 2015

Finalist in the July 'Shoot the Frame' Award
shoottheframe.com/shoot-the-face-finalist-gallery/?view_p...
6 August 2015

Runner up (Mark of Excellence) in "I Shot It" Competition:
Premium Photo Competition 2015 1, 8 June 2015

Publications:

Photo published in PDN (Photo District News)
September 2015

Photo published in the Times UK:
25 July 2015

F-Stop Magazine (Issue #72):
Group Exhibition (Open Theme), 1 August 2015

Feature article in Daily Mail (UK):
Portraits of Poverty, 24 July 2015

Feature article in Kwerfeldein (Germany):
Pakistan: Ein fotografisches Paradies?, 12 June 2015

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    Steve Guttman NYC says:

    "Truly inspirational. Thank you!"

    October 29th, 2017

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    Hasty1066 says:

    "Beautiful photography. Love your portraiture."

    September 5th, 2017

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    Read About Dave Barnett says:

    "Superlative portraits of great strength and resonance. Marvelous to behold."

    June 14th, 2017

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    Oulalla says:

    "Beautiful galery, i love it!!

    Vraiment superbe...!"

    September 22nd, 2015

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    chantalcarreira says:

    "MAGNIFIQUES portraits!!!!"

    September 22nd, 2015

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    elyes djazz says:

    "I was about to write what "lokenrc" wrote before me. :)"

    September 22nd, 2015

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    Nathaly Drp says:

    "wouhaaaaaahhhhh quel portefolio extraordinaire !!!!! bravo !!!!!"

    August 28th, 2015

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    FranSR_ says:

    "Love your portraits, very expressive, extraordinary!!"

    August 28th, 2015

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    lehmuellerflorian says:

    "Nice Street Portraits!"

    July 19th, 2015

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    Ramon.Manchovas says:

    "Absolutely great images !"

    July 18th, 2015

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    hollow soup says:

    "Thx for Follow 😊
    wish good time in Milan. ..always good shoot 😨"

    June 20th, 2015

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    Holleringcatfish says:

    "
    Bravo..!! Never seen someone capture intensity so vividly...

    There is something to look for in his pictures...and every picture looks back at you...

    Those eyes full of stories he saw...leaves every story untold...

    Thank you for being you....!!"

    May 11th, 2015

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    nutty winter says:

    "Bravo. Une série sur le Pakistan excellente."

    May 10th, 2015

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    Specially 4 You says:

    "So amazing gallery, full of life passion. Stopped at the time of human energy."

    May 4th, 2015

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    Saeid Dehghan says:

    "so wonderful photos.
    My dream is photography in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    Nice to visit you in Flickr.
    Good luck."

    May 4th, 2015

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    Poppy Stevenson says:

    "Very powerful work!!"

    May 3rd, 2015

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    braniffelectra says:

    "Simply a stunning body of work! I wish I had just 1% of the talent and ability to connect with my subjects as Sohail possesses. Of all the years on Flickr, this is my first testimonial."

    May 3rd, 2015

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    maurice flower says:

    "I found you today. I have looked through like fifty of your photos. Now - directly! - you have become one of my all time favorite photographers on Flickr! No question about it!"

    May 2nd, 2015

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    Annie Loves Photos says:

    "Without a doubt, some of the most stunning, moving and intense portrait photographs I have ever seen...."

    May 2nd, 2015

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    pjebsen says:

    "Great portraits - I particularly like those from Pakistan!"

    May 2nd, 2015

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    carafife says:

    "Quel voyage! Une galerie vraiment époustouflante... Bravo!"

    May 2nd, 2015

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    ademussey says:

    "couleurs, portraits, scéne de vie, vos photos sont magnifiques
    ademussey"

    May 1st, 2015

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    Christian Meyer (Street Photographer) says:

    ""Absolutely great work. But that need not mention, that everyone can see and than feel immediately!""

    April 25th, 2015

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    Paolo B. says:

    "
    Incredibly fascinating images. Thanks for having wanted share with us your soul."

    April 25th, 2015

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    abashed car says:

    "Stunning portfolio!!!"

    April 25th, 2015

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    Ametxa says:

    "Incredible human pictures!"

    April 24th, 2015

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    Rubem Rocha says:

    "You have a great photos! Congratulations from Brazil!"

    April 24th, 2015

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    Doyle Wesley Walls says:

    "Stunning portraits here. Gorgeous work."

    April 24th, 2015

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    Bartholomew K Poonsiri says:

    "Definitive collection of street photography and portraiture!"

    April 24th, 2015

Name:
Sohail Karmani
Joined:
June 2013
Hometown:
London
Currently:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I am:
Male
Occupation:
Professor at New York University
Website:
Karmani Photography