Sharafat Ali

2017 Award for Achievement


Who am I – Uncertain Identity

Kashmir is often seen by many as a territorial dispute between South Asian nuclear rivals: India and Pakistan. But in the last 28 years, the humanitarian cost of the conflict has been extreme. Tens of thousands of people have died, thousands have been orphaned and around 8,000 people are missing. Sharafat shot these photographs in different areas of Kashmir over recent years. During this time, Kashmir witnessed some of the deadliest anti-India protests in the history of 28 years of the conflict. More than 100 children and teenagers died during 2016 alone. Sharafat’s work deals with conflict, politics, faith and daily life in the region.

About the Photographer

Sharafat Ali (b. 1994) lives in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He is currently studying Visual Documentary Photography at the AKS School of Photography.