Sibth Ul Hassan is a freelance photographer and researcher based in between Islamabad and Kurram district. I have extensively covered housing rights struggle in Islamabad while working with All Pakistan Alliance for Katchi Abadis (APAKA) a platform comprised of slum dwellers, social and political activists in Pakistan. Along with it I have also published Photo stories focusing on agrarian transformation in Kurram district. My work has been published in Friday Times, Naya Daur and Henrich Boell Stiftung’s magazine.
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In PWD (Public Works Department), I saw this young boy pushing his cart in the afternoon. It was hot and Ramazan (the month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.) The boy saw my camera and came towards me. When I asked to take his photo, he agreed.
This picture was taken in Bara Khahu, in Islamabad. It was also taken in the month of Ramazan, during which time stalls selling savoury snacks - samosas and pakoras - emerge. This man was not wearing a mask as he was working, but once I asked him for a photo, he put up his mask.
This picture is also from Bara Khahu. The group of people pictured are daily wage workers from southern Punjab, also known as Siriakis. Sirakis are an ethnic group that are increasingly migrating to big cities in Pakistan. They were complaining that their work has been affected by the pandemic, but were in good spirits while conversing with me. They were fascinated by my camera, and assumed their photos will be published in local media outlets. I let them know it was for the Aga Khan University, though!
I was passing by these fruit and vegetables carts in Bara Khahu. Many of the vendors were Pashtuns. They were speaking with me and asking why I was taking photographs. Some of the vendors wanted their pictures to be taken.
I took this picture at Islamabad's Sabzi Mandi. The vegetable/fruit market is a major market. Auctions often take place at the back of trucks, with this particular image showing a watermelon auction.
Beautiful and expressive; moreover evocative pictures.