Tariq Zaidi (a self-taught photographer) has become one of those success stories one occasionally reads about.
In Jan 2014, he gave up a senior corporate position, to follow his dream of becoming one of the world’s most respected photographers with the aim of capturing the dignity, purity and soul of people, within their environment. In September 2016, Tariq was named as one of the Top 10 Travel Portrait Photographers you should know (focusing on social issues and inequality in various societies across the globe) by International Photography Awards, USA - part of the Lucie Foundation.
Tariq's latest stories from Angola, Brazil, North Korea, Chad, Mongolia, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ethiopia & Cambodia have been featured (in print & online) on:
- Der Spiegel Magazine: The Blackmail State, North Korea
- BBC News: Men Competing for Love in the Deserts of Chad
- The Guardian: Women of the Favela, Brazil
- National Geographic: With Eagle Hunters, Mongolia
- Smithsonian Magazine: View From Pyongyang, North Korea
- Los Angeles Times: Understand Life in Rural South Sudan
- CNN: Walk with Pilgrims on a Journey to Lalibela, Ethiopia
- The Washington Post: Kazakh Eagle Hunters of Mongolia
- El Pais: How Nomadic Women in Chad Choose Their Husbands
- CNN: The Mundari. The Tribe Dying for Their Cows
- BBC News: Priced out of the Favela, Brazil
- Der Spiegel: The Mentawai. A Tribal People Besieged by Modernity, Indonesia
- The Daily Mail: Inside the Paupers' Palace. Cambodia
- National Geographic: Horns of Plenty, South Sudan
- Conde Nast: Hunting Season, Mongolia
- El Mundo - PAPEL (Weekend Magazine): North Korea
- The Independent on Sunday: There's No Place Like Home. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- The Daily Mail: Land of the Soaring Eagle. Mongolia
- The Daily Mirror: Inside Phnom Penh's Once Grand White Building, Cambodia
- China Daily: Mongolia: The Last 70 Falconers
- Der Spiegel: The White Building in Phnom Penh
- El Mundo - PAPEL (Weekend Magazine): Hunting with the Berkutchis
- GEO Magazine: Cattle of Kings
- Internazionale Magazine: The Metamorphosis of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: The Eagles of the Kazakhs
- El Pais: The Struggle of the Mentawai to Preserve their Culture, Indonesia
- Der Spiegel: Making Beautiful Eyes - The Wodaabe Nomads of Chad
- El Pais: The White Building of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Telegraph: North Korea, Behind the Headlines, Propaganda & Politics
- GEO Magazine: The Lost Tribes of Angola
Over 100 of his images have already won several major international photography awards. He has held numerous international exhibitions and completed commissions in Sierra Leone, Cuba, Russia, Cambodia, Uganda, UAE, Japan and recently in Indonesia.
His feature stories, images and videos have appeared internationally in over 300 websites/magazines/newspapers in more than 25 languages including:
- The Guardian, BBC News, CNN, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel Magazine, El Pais Spain, Stern View Magazine, GEO Magazine, The Independent On Sunday Magazine, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Muy Interesante Spain, The Telegraph, El Mundo Spain, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, The Daily Mail, Khaleej Times UAE, ITV News, MSN News International, LensCulture, Life Framer, El Correo Del Golfo UAE, The Mirror, The Sun, Daily Express, The National UAE, L'Oeil De La Photographie, The Global Times China, Geographical Magazine, Internazionale Magazine, Feature Shoot, Grazia Magazine, The China Daily, The People's Daily, China and The Times of London.
His work is currently represented by Zuma Press (USA), Caters News Agency (UK) and Getty Images (UK).
He has taught courses on Photojournalism and Digital Photography, at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and other photographic institutions in the UK.
He is currently working on his next publication. This work forms part of an on-going personal project to develop a visual anthology capturing the dignity of mankind in some of the poorest communities in the world.
In search of truly unique images, Tariq continues to travel around the world. He can be contacted through his website, Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram accounts.