I cover violence, features and daily life stories.
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.