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Zoral Khurram Naik is an award winning Pakistan based photojournalist and documentary photographer. He graduated with a Bachelors in Design from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture where he majored in graphic design and did a minor in photography; his forte, and now primary medium of expression. His work, driven by his curiosity, investigates the stereotypes that surround many social injustices. Through his work, Zoral aims to create empathy and encourage a plurality of discussion around his chosen topics.

Zoral's recent work titled Burnout - a long form piece about the various complexities surrounding the Karachi Fire Department, for the Express Tribune - earned him the Agahi Award in 2018 and the ADA Award in 2019. His work has been published internationally on platforms such as TRT World, Roads and Kingdoms, Maekan and Burn Magazine.

He also has an independent freelance practice. Some of his major clients include: Dewan Cement, Aga Khan University Hospital, Getz Pharma, ICI Pakistan Limited, Red Bull, Khaadi and English Biscuits Manufacturers.

 

EDUCATION

 

Bachelors in Communication Design | 2011- 2015

Major: Graphic Design & Typography

Minor: Photography

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

 

Conversation in Image-Making | 2017

Photography workshop by Singaporean fine art photographer Wei Leng Tay

 

Photojournalism Workshop | 2016

With award winning German photographer ‘Andy Spyra’ at the Goethe Institute, Karachi

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Freelance photographer | 2012 - Present

Commissioned assignments/stories and commercial work such architecture, corporate, industrial, sports and marketing

www.zoralnaik.com

CAS School | 2018 – Present

Part time faculty member for the Photography module

PAF KIET | 2017 - Present

Part time faculty member for the undergraduate course, Digital photography

 

The Express Tribune | 2016 - 2018

Part time photojournalist/documentary photographer

 

R | Photography | 2012 - Present

Senior photographer for architecture, industrial, corporate and events

 

Khelo Kricket | 2016 - 2017

Cricket photographer and correspondent

 

18% Grey | 2014

Internship in the studio photography department

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

 

TRT World | 2019

Commissioned for a photo essay on Women March 2019

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/the-march-for-equal-rights-in-pakistan-24802

Roads & Kingdoms | 2018

Commissioned photography piece for the article Cooking with Fire

roadsandkingdoms.com/2018/hazara-restaurant-quetta-pakistan/

Maekan | 2018

Commissioned editorial photography for the story 'Muted Music'

maekan.com/article/muted-music-the-private-spaces-of-karachis-underground

The Express Tribune | 2016 -2017

labs.tribune.com.pk/burnout

tribune.atavist.com/william-and-the-black-hole/

labs.tribune.com.pk/tipping-point

labs.tribune.com.pk/losing-sanctuary/

labs.tribune.com.pk/a-war-against-the-sea

labs1.tribune.com.pk/inside-machar-colony/

tribune.com.pk/story/1144214/walk-pakistans-diverse-barbershops-stunning-images/

tribune.com.pk/story/1160965/painting-town-green/

tribune.com.pk/story/1136779/ramazan-mosques-markets/

tribune.com.pk/story/1179936/eidul-azha-animal-photos-will-leave-peals-laughter/

 

Burn Diary | 2016

Chosen Photographer of the week on the Instagram account of Burn Magazine, curated by David Alan Harvey

www.instagram.com/burndiary/

 

Roads & Kingdoms | 2015

Commissioned photography piece for the article A Stage Set for Slaughter

roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/stage-set-slaughter/

Dawn | 2016

Photography reportage for SCEI’s spring festival at beach luxury

images.dawn.com/news/1174922

 

HIGHLIGHTS

ADA Awards | 2018

Winner in the photography category for photo essay tiled Burnout

labs.tribune.com.pk/burnout

 

Agahi Awards | 2017

Awarded Photojournalist of the Year for a photo essay tiled Burnout

labs.tribune.com.pk/burnout

 

Karachi Literature Festival | 2018

Photography displayed for panel discussion tilted Can Art and Culture Save the City

 

Feature Shoot | 2018

Chosen as one of the winners for the Print Swap project

 

Iqra University | 2018

Guest speaker for the importance of photojournalism

 

Generations School | 2017

Judge for the journalism convention, Gen Carma

Guest lecturer for an introduction to photojournalism

 

PAF Kiet | 2016-17

Guest lecturer, and served as juror for multiple photography juries

 

Pakistan Photo Festival | 2016

Selected for a documentary photography fellowship in Lahore (Declined)

 

CLIENTS AND PROJECTS

Maraheb | 2018

Restraunt’s architectural and interior photography

The Citizens Foundation TCF | 2018

Editorial photography for the Annual Report 2018

 

Getz Pharma | 2017

Industrial shoot

 

Aga Khan University Hospital | 2016

Architectural photography of the AKUH facilities in Karachi and Hyderabad

 

Prestige Kitchens | 2016

Industrial shoot for the company’s profile

 

Baitussalam Welfare Trust | 2015

Architectural and advertising photography for the organisation’s facilities

 

Dewan Cement | 2014

Annual Calendar Shoot

 

English Biscuits Manufacturers | 2013

Photo documentation of the handing over of houses to the flood affected victims carried out by HANDS

 

Phillip Morris International | 2013

Photo coverage of the annual prize giving ceremony for retailers

 

ICI Pakistan Limited | 2013

Event photography of the launch of the new logo event

 

Red Bull | 2012, 2013

Photo coverage of international bike stuntmen Chris Pfeiffer

Photo coverage of the Futsal tournament Winning 5

 

Khaadi | 2013

Photo coverage for the Election Day campaign

Event photography for Khaadi’s 15th anniversary