One of most senior photojournalists from Kashmir, Dar Yasin, has added another feather to his cap by making it to the prestigious TIME Magazine. Dar Yasin’s photo of a wailing family was included in the list of “Top 10 Photos Of 2017” by the TIME Magazine.
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Yasin’s Picture has an interesting story to it
It was Dar Yasin’s birthday and his family had been preparing for it but Yasin had to rush to cover an encounter.
“It was my birthday, Aug. 1, and my kids were making plans for the evening as we were having breakfast. Soon after, I got a call from a fellow photojournalist about a gun battle raging in south Kashmir and I rushed out. By the time we got there, protests had already spread around to nearby villages. Two top rebels had been killed and a couple of residential houses were destroyed with explosives during the operation.”
On his way home, the wails from the deceased person’s family kept resonating in the back of his mind.
“The media usually covers the funerals of rebels and civilians in these situations, so we hung around and covered the funeral of one the rebels. Then we got news that a civilian had also been killed in one of the villages nearby. I reached the house of Firdous Ahmad Khan, a 30-year-old, who according to the police was killed in the crossfire between rebels and security forces. The villagers alleged he was killed during the clashes with police, not during the gun battle.
His family was quite obviously in shock and devastated with their loss, and I saw the deceased’s pregnant wife and his sisters wailing while other relatives and villagers comforted them. I quickly shot a few frames and left as I didn’t want to intrude on a very private moment of inconsolable grief and loss of a loved one. Their cries were all I could hear on the ride home.”
But when he entered his house, he had to keep a smiling face
“As I entered my house, tired and still shaken, my wife and kids came rushing out to hug me. Before I knew it, I was in the midst of my own birthday party celebrations. I smiled and went through the evening with a smile on my face and anguish in my heart. At the time, I remember how hard I struggled to reconcile the horrific scenes of fighting and killing and grieving with the fact that, there I was a little while later, in the cocoon of my own family—at least outwardly—celebrating my own birthday. It was a birthday I won’t forget.”
Yasin has been at the forefront covering Kashmir’s stories in pictures. He is also one of the 9 photographers in the book, Witness | Kashmir, 1986-2016 | Nine Photographers, compiled and edited by Sanjay Kak.
In early 2017, Yasin was covering student protests on M A Road when he had to pick up an injured student and rush her to the first aid. The picture went viral on the internet gathering praise for Yasin.
Yasin is currently working with Associated Press. He also has a verified Instagram page with over 70 thousand followers.
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