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 Photo
/ APJD - 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
PRESS 20 Rising Female Photojournalists - Artsy2018 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
TALKS, WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES
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