Kashmiri photojournalist Aasif Shah on the dichotomy of compassion & personal ambition in his work

Aasif Shafi by Rehmani Sameer Nov 29 2017

Reposting this powerful statement by Kashmiri photojournalist Aasif Shafi because I believe it is a commitment as important to political activists as it is to freedom fighters/photojournalists.:

“The worst thing is to feel that as a photographer I am benefiting from someone else’s tragedy. This idea haunts me. It is something I have to reckon with every day because I know that if I ever allow genuine compassion to be overtaken by personal ambition I will have sold my soul. The stakes are simply too high for me to believe otherwise.”

(Photo of Aasif Shah by Rehmani Sameer)