Photo Credit: Amr Alfiky    Gulshan Khan is a South...
Photo Credit: Amr Alfiky
Gulshan Khan is a South African photojournalist and visual artist. 

Her work traverses the multiple layers of identity, humanity, memory, transition, belonging; justice and the dignity of people. 

She is inspired by the concept of healing through sincere and empathetic story-telling. 

Gulshan believes that her work needs to be reflective of the people and the times, in both private and public, as well as institutional spaces, so that we no longer suffer the erasure and blindness of misrepresentation inflicted on us by oppressive systems and structures. Through such considerations, she hopes that we can build a more just and equal world. These are the themes that continue to direct her visual reflections of the human condition and the world around her. 

Gulshan is a National Geographic Explorer, a 2022 FOAM Paul Huf Award Nominee, the recipient of the 2020 HIPA Emerging Photographer award. She was selected as one of the “100 Heroines” in 2019 and is the first female South African Canon Ambassador. 

In 2018, she was one of six photographers selected for the inaugural World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program, Africa Edition, and is a 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass participant.  

A former stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP), she was the first African woman to be regularly assigned by the agency in 2017. 

She has published in The National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian among others and regularly works with NGO’s.

In 2016, Gulshan completed the Market Photo Workshop Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program in Johannesburg, South Africa where she now sometimes lectures. 

Her work has been acquired by the Iziko South African National Archive, Gallery, and Museum.

While working on multiple projects, Gulshan has slowly been developing a long-term project about her community of contemporary Muslims in South Africa. This personal documentation aims to engage with ideas of how faith is something that we carry with us even when we cannot carry anything else. It speaks to ideas of (re-)establishment of communities around acts and spaces of worship and prayer, and the transformations of physical and social landscapes through faith, with a special interest in the perspective of women.

The project also aims at remedying the historical lack of visual representation that such communities suffered, due to the dislocation and erasure caused by colonization and apartheid in Africa and aim to be something that generations to come can look upon as a source of history and memory.

 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS   Iziko South African National...

Iziko South African National Gallery and Museum, Cape Town


2023 - Strength and Resilience in the Western Cape / CliMigHealth, Ghent University,  

           University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

2019 - Gulshan Khan / National Geographic Women of Impact, Johannesburg, South Africa


2023 - Breaking Down the Walls - Iziko South African National Museum and Gallery, Cape Town

2023 - Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono, Recontres De Bamako / The Bamako Encounters –

           African Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali

2023 - Africa Foto Fair, Windsor Gallery, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

2022 - Echoes of Solidarity, Johannesburg, South Africa

2022 - Decriminalising Status and Activism conference exhibition, University of Stellenbosch,

            South Africa

2022 - Salon Afrique - Cape Town, South Africa

2022 - Rumi Nations, Maryland, USA

2022 - Into the Blaze, OATH / The FOURTH, Cape Town, South Africa

2021- Mashurah, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

2021 - New Stories and Horizons, Everyday Africa, Cairo Photo Week, Egypt

2020 - Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, USA

2020 - Everyday Africa, World Press Photo - Schloss Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

2019 - Say Shukran - Casa dei Diritti  - Milan, Italy

2019 - Native Agency, Territory, Grün Berlin,  Berlin, Germany

2019 - Bronx Documentary Centre - Transitions: South Africa  New York City

2019 -  Photoville L.A. - MFON: Alter Prayer, Ritual and Offerings Los Angeles

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

2018 - Johannesburg Art Gallery, Art Market Budapest, Budapest

2018 - Unstill Life, Photo Kathmandu 

2018 - World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Africa Exhibition, Kutching, Malaysia

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

2018 - Photoville NYC - Forseen: New Narratives APJD , New York City

2018 - Photoville NYC MFON: Alter Prayer, Ritual and Offerings , New York City

2018 ‘Foreseen' World Press Photo / APJD - LUMIX - Festival for young Photojournalism

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

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

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

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


2023 - BBC, Focus on Africa, Interview Feature after Recontres De Bamako / The Bamako Encounters

2022 - This Being Human - Podcast, Aga Khan Museum

2022 - Remixing the art of social change: Telling stories through photos, Words Beats and Life - WBL Annual Symposium

2022 - CANON Miraisha / African Women in Photography Masterclass Student Exhibition

2021 - 'The Power of Women in Photography' - Webinar - IWD - African Women in Photography / Canon

2021- Grey Matters Capital - Inspo 60 - Speaker

2020 - "The year that changed us all" - Podcast - Canon Shutter Stories

2020 - Photojournalism in Africa - Webinar -Market Photo Workshop, Photoform Africa

2020 - National Geographic Storytellers Summit, Speaker, Washington DC, USA

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

2019 - "The Impact of a Story on an Individual", Presenter and panelist, World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam

2018 - Roshnee Photo Club, Speaker, Johannesburg

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

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


2022 - American Photography 38 Winner

2022  - Recipient of the Kweli Journal Scholarship - KWELI Color of Children's Literature Conference

2022 - FOAM Paul Huf Award Nominee

2022 - Magnum Counter Histories Nominee

2021- Canon Miraisha African Women in Photography Storytelling Masterclass - Trainer

2020 - (Hamdan International Photography Award) HIPA - Emerging Photographer award

2020 - World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass

2019 - New York Portfolio Review, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York  

2019 -  Blink Connect Portfolio Review, NYC

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

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

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

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

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


An-Nur The Light, Feature, Channel SABC 3

The Devi Show - ENCA - S07 - EP 09

South African Muslims: Gulshan Khan in the National Archive

Jozi Photographer Gulshan Khan 'finds the epic' in modern muslim life in SA

Homes to policing: Lockdown Photos show South Africa Inequality with photographer Gulshan Khan  - Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

Odd Mag Artist of the month

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