Kashmiri Photographer Dar Yasin Makes It To The Prestigious TIME Magazine

Dar Yasin

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.

Here’s the picture

Relatives comfort the wailing sister of a Kashmiri civilian who was killed during a protest, near the site of a gun battle, south of Srinagar on Aug. 1. Photo: Dar Yasin

Other Photos That Made It To The Top 10

A boy cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid near the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 20. Kevin Frayer—Getty Images
Two people sit in an apartment with a wall missing along the waterfront in San Juan, nearly one week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, on Sept. 25. Carolyn Cole—Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
Children view the body of their 17-month old cousin, Kenyerber Aquino Merchán, who died of heart failure caused by severe malnutrition, in San Casimiro, Venezuela, on Aug. 21. Meridith Kohut—The New York Times/Redux
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. David Becker—Getty Images
A family prepares to evacuate as the Thomas Fire gets closer to their home in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 5. Marcus Yam—Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. Ryan M. Kelly—The Daily Progress/AP
An emaciated polar bear struggles to move across the tundra on Somerset Island, in the Canadian Arctic, in July. Cristina Mittermeier—SeaLegacy
A boy rides his bike past destroyed cars and houses in a neighborhood recently liberated by Iraqi security forces on the western side of Mosul on March 19. Felipe Dana—AP/Shutterstock

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.

AP photojournalist Dar Yasin rushes to the hospital with Khusboo. Photo: Faisal Khan

Yasin is currently working with Associated Press. He also has a verified Instagram page with over 70 thousand followers.

A post shared by Dar Yasin (@daryasinap) on

  • Share this article with your friends.
  • Send your contributions to write@withkashmir.com to get featured.
  • Leave your feedback in the comments below.