In Jan 2014, Tariq Zaidi gave up an executive management position, to pursue his passion of capturing the dignity, purity and soul of people, within their environment. His work focuses on documenting social issues, inequality, endangered communities and traditions from around the world.
In Sep 2016, Tariq was named as one of the top 10 photographers you should know, focusing on social issues and inequality in various societies across the globe. In Feb 2018, Tariq was awarded one of the top Premier Awards in POYi75 (Pictures of the Year International Competition) - "Photographer of the Year" Award of Excellence for his work from North Korea, Congo and Brazil and also 2nd place News Division/Feature Category in the same year. Tariq was a winner of PDN Photo Annual 2018 (Photojournalism/Documentary Category) and awarded The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for outstanding achievement in Humanistic Photography, presented by Parsons School of Design, USA.
Since Aug 2015, Tariq's stories, images and videos from Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Mongolia, North Korea & South Sudan have been featured internationally in over 700 magazines/newspapers/websites (in more than 60 countries) including: The Guardian, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel Magazine, El Pais, El Pais Semanal, Stern View, GEO, Independent On Sunday, National Geographic Traveler, GQ & GQ Style, Marie Claire, Esquire, PDN, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Telegraph, El Mundo Spain, El Pais Brasil, Conde Nast Traveler, The Daily Mail, Khaleej Times, ITV News, MSN, LensCulture, The Mirror, The Sun, Daily Express, L'Oeil De La Photographie, VICE, Global Times China, Geographical Magazine, Wanderlust, Internazionale, Feature Shoot, Grazia, China Daily, People's Daily, China, Times of London and many more. To see some of Tariq's most recent published feature stories please click here.
Tariq works as a freelance photographer based out of London, UK. He is currently working on a long-term personal project developing a visual anthology capturing the dignity of humankind in some of the poorest communities in the world. The first 3 chapters of this work from Haiti, Brazil and Cambodia will be featured at Visa Pour L'image, International Festival of Photojournalism, in September 2018.
His work is represented by Zuma Press (USA), Caters News Agency (UK) and Getty Images (UK).
Tariq is a self-taught photographer, holds an M.Sc. (Master of Science) from University College London and is a certified teacher. Having lived in 10 countries and travelled to well over 100, he is also a multilinguist.