Regard sur le Pakistan, Elena Chernyshova

Pakistan. Territoires du Nord. Gilgit-Baltistan. Un village traditionnel du Baltistan, situé dans la vallée d’Astock, au cœur des montagnes du Karakoram

Pakistan. Territoires du Nord. Gilgit-Baltistan. Un village traditionnel du Baltistan, situé dans la vallée d’Astock, au cœur des montagnes du Karakoram


Elena Chernyshova is a Russian documentary photographer, based in France. She was born in 1981 in Moscow, USSR.

A self-taught photographer, she developed a passion for this visual language during her studies at an architectural academy. After two years of work as an architect, Elena quit her job and cycled with Gael de Cevoisier from Toulouse to Vladivostok and back again: 30,000 kilometres, 26 countries, 1,004 days of cultural, human, and challenging experiences. The trip led to her decision to become a photographer.

Photography for her is a way of investigating the daily life of different groups and communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic change. Her work aims at visualizing the impact of human activity, ways of adaptation, and diversity of lifestyles.

In 2011 Elena received a grant from the Lagardère Foundation to create the photo documentary ‘Days of Night – Nights of Day’ about the daily life of the industrial city of Norilsk, 400 kilometres to north of the arctic Circle in Siberia.

Elena’s work has been published in National Geographic, Le Monde, Internazionale, Days Japan, A/R magazine, Newsweek Russia, and Ecology and Life.

Awards: World Press Photo 2014; Days Japan Awards and others.

Akhtar Soomro

Qasim, a labourer, smiles as a camel nuzzles him near sacks of grain in a wholesale market in Karachi

Tear runs down face of one-year-old boy Asho as he takes refuge with his family in camp for flood victims in Badin district of Pakistan's Sindh province

Akhtar Soomro was born in 1965 in the Lyari neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan. In 1986 he graduated from the Government College of Science and Technology with a degree in engineering and the intention to work with SUPARCO, the national space agency of Pakistan. In 1993 Soomro’s attention moved towards photography and he started working for a studio covering fashion, industrial and interior design. In 1998 Soomro started working for an advertising agency when he discovered he wanted to be a photojournalist. He has since shot assignments for local and international newspapers, magazines and stock agencies around the world. In 2009, Soomro was part of a New York Times’ team that won a Pulitzer for ‘International Reporting’ from Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the same year, Soomro began working extensively for Reuters and covered the internally displaced from a military offensive in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. He has since photographed top news stories across Pakistan for Reuters, including the 2010 floods. He currently resides in Karachi with his wife, daughter and two sons

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