Asim Rafiqui

I am an independent photographer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic (France), Stern (Germany), The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Newsweek, and Time (USA, Asia) and some others. I am also the author of the blog site called The Spinning Head, and the essays that accompany my India project which can be read on the The Idea of India project website, and those on the new project in Pakistan called Law & Disorder: A People's History of the Law in Pakistan


  • 2015: Magnum EF Grant - Pakistan Justice Project
  • 2013: Artist Residency, Lahore University Management School (LUMS)
  • 2013: Soros Fellowship – Pakistan Justice Project
  • 2012: Social Science Research Council Fellowship (SSRC) - Finalist
  • 2012: Leverhulme Fellowship - Finalist
  • 2011: Swedish Institute – Visby Grant (Declined)
  • 2011: Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship – The Idea of India Project
  • 2009: Aftermath Grant – The Idea of India Project
  • 2009: Blue Earth Alliance Sponsorship – The Idea of India Project
  • 2009: Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting Grant – Gaza Undone
  • 2007: Finalist Aftermath Grant
  • 2005: Nominated for Visa d’Or News, Visa pour L’image – Haiti’s Struggle for Democracy
  • 2005: Nominated for Fuji Film Young Photographer Award, Visa pour L’image
  • 2002: Helge Scholarship, Missouri Photo Workshop, Fulton Missouri


  • B.Sc. 1988 Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences New York City
  • M.B.A. 1995 Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York City