Omar Sobhani

Omar Sobhani

Based
Kabul, Afghanistan
Born
Kabul, Afghanistan
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark III
“The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is how to protect myself in a conflict zone.”

Beat

I cover violence, features and daily life stories.

One Shot

. KABUL, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
A man sits among dresses as he waits for his family who are shopping at a market in Kabul.
“I like this image because it contrasts different aspects of Afghan society; a village man in traditional clothes has come to buy a western bridal dress for his son’s wedding.”

Profile

I always wanted to be a photographer. My earliest memories of photography are the images I saw in a local magazine, “Sabawoon” (Dawn Light).

I was trained by our chief photographer Ahmad Masood. I did not have any experience prior to that, he taught me what it takes to be a photojournalist.

My first assignment for Reuters was photographing Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace. Ahmad gave me a camera and told me to go and shoot – it was a fantastic moment for me and I was really pleased with my images.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was being embedded with British troops in Helmand province, I was in the midst of fighting and I had to quickly learn to stay alive while working in a war zone.

I love shooting fashion shows and features. They’re unusual in Afghanistan and most of my work is covering violence and hard news.

I think of all Reuters clients when I’m shooting, I want to share my pictures with the world.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is how to protect myself in a conflict zone.

I respect all the photographers around the world, because of the hard work that goes into creating a great image.