Gulshan Khan

Independent Photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa

Gulshan Khan is an independent South African photographer based in Johannesburg. Currently a stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP), she was the first woman from the continent to be hired by the agency. Her work has been published in... read on


Primary clients: Agence France Presse (AFP), The National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, UN, AWDF, New Frame, Le Monde, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal,
Coverage Regions: Africa Europe
Gulshan Khan is an independent South African photographer based in Johannesburg.

Currently a stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP), she was the first woman from the continent to be hired by the agency. Her work has been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times,  The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, The Financial Times, El Pais, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Gulshan has worked with various NGO’s including the UNFPA and the African Women's Development Fund.

In 2018, she was one of six photographers selected for the World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program, Africa Edition and is a 2019 Joop Swart nominee.  In 2016, Gulshan completed the Market Photo Workshop Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also a member of the World Press Photo's African Photojournalism Database (APJD), Native and Women Photograph and is an Everyday Africa contributor.

Her work is focused on stories related to identity, transition and belonging, themes which continue to direct her visual representations of the human condition and the world around her. Sometimes, she explores with video, poetry and short form.

While working on multiple projects, Gulshan has been slowly developing a long term project about her own community of contemporary Muslims in South Africa living in migrant and diaspora communities. This personal documentation aims to engage with ideas of the replication of origins, the re-establishment of communities and the transformations of physical and social landscapes through faith, with a special interest in the perspective of women.


April 19 - May 26 2019 - Bronx Documentary Centre - Transitions: South Africa

April - May 2019 -  Photoville L.A. - MFON: Alter Prayer, Ritual and Offerings

04 October 2018 - April 2019 - Not the usual suspects - Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

11-14 October 2018 - Johannesburg Art Gallery, Art Market Budapest, Budapest.

12 October 2018 - 16 November - Unstill Life, Photo Kathmandu

29 Sept - 28 October  2018 - World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Africa Exhibition, Kutching, Malaysia

18 Sept - 24 October 2018 - “Foreseen: New Narratives from the African Photojournalism Database” - Nuku Photo Festival, Ghana

13 Sept - 23 Sept 2018 - Photoville NYC - Forseen: New Narratives APJD and MFON: Alter Prayer, Ritual and Offerings

20 June - 24 June 2018 ‘Foreseen' World Press PhotoAPJD - LUMIX - Festival for young Photojournalism

05 May - 09 September 2018 - "A U F B R U C H" - Liebenroder Kultur Ambulanz LKA, Liebende Germany

November 2017 - [CROP] Project (Creative Resistance & Open Processes)

26 August 2016 - Woke - Wits Theatre, Decolonising Feminism Conference,  Johannesburg

27 August 2016 - Woke - Goethe-Institut. Part of the Grada Kilomba artist talk, Johannesburg


20 Rising Female Photojournalists - Artsy

2018 Top 100 Photos - From the Editors of Time 

The Washington Post - Voices of African Photography: At the intersection of identity power and belonging     

World Press Photo Witness - Four to Follow #1


14 September 2019 - Women in Photojournalism - The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa.

13 April 2019 - "The Impact of a Story on an Individual", World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam

30 March 2019 - New York Times Portfolio Review, Attendee, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York  

28 March 2019 -  Blink Connect Portfolio Review, Attendee, NYC

25 - 30 January 2019 - IWMF Women's Media Leadership Bootcamp, Naivasha, Kenya

January 2019 - National Geographic Women Photographers Seminar Saturday, Washington DC

January 2019 - National Geographic Seminar and Storytelling Summit Attendee, Washington DC

07 December 2018 - Talk at Roshnee Photo Club, Johannesburg

22 November 2018 - Debating the role of photojournalism from South Africa to Zimbabwe, The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg South Africa

08 November 2018 - African Studies Palaver, Department of African Studies, Centre for African Studies, Howard University, Washington DC

03 November 2018 - Runner up at Lagos Photos / National Geographic portfolio Review, Lagos, Nigeria.

22-23 September, 2018 - Women Photograph Workshop and Portfolio Review at Photoville, New York City