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When I shoot beautiful landscapes in Kashmir, it feels like looking for life in hell,” says Javeed Shah, photojournalist and photographer, who has been shooting these haunting images for the past 17 years. His work has appeared in leading international publications such as Time Asia, the Guardian Weekend and The Wall Street Journal. An exhibition of his photographs is on at the Asia Society and Museum, New York, till 6 January.

As a photojournalist in the conflict-ridden valley, Shah has always felt a need to escape. He turned his attention to the breathtaking natural beauty, recording a visual truth infused by a bittersweet nostalgia of Kashmir’s loss. “Initially, I felt choked looking at the dead bodies, bloodshed and the devastation but then I hid myself behind the camera and got used to the situation,” says Shah. “Everything I saw through the lens was a subject for me and I perhaps lost the sensitivity and just became a photo-clicking machine.”


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