The Idea of India



  • 2015: Magnum EF Grant
  • 2013: Artist Residency, Lahore University Management School (LUMS)
  • 2013: Soros Fellowship
  • 2012: Social Science Research Council Fellowship (SSRC) – Finalist
  • 2012: Leverhulme Fellowship – Finalist
  • 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship
  • 2011 Swedish Institute – Visby Program Grant
  • 2009 Aftermath Grant
  • 2009 Blue Earth Alliance Sponsorship
  • 2009 Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting Grant
  • 2007 Finalist Aftermath Grant
  • 2005 Nominated for Visa d’Or News, Visa pour L’image
  • 2005 Nominated for Fuji Film Young Photographer Award, Visa pour L’image
  • 2002 Helge Scholarship, Missouri Photo Workshop, Fulton Missouri

Major Exhibitions

  • 2011 Chobi Mela “Gaza Undone” Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2009 Paris Photo “Gaza Undone” Paris France
  • 2009 The Empty Quarter Gallery “Gaza Undone” Dubai UAE
  • 2009 Dubai Art Fair “Gaza Undone” Dubai UAE
  • 2008 Roosevelt University Gage Gallery “Aftermath of War” Chicago USA
  • 2007 Noorderlicht Festival “Act of Faith” Groningen Nederland (Group Exhibition)
  • 2005 Visa pour L’image “Haiti’s Struggle for Democracy” Perpignan France
  • 2004 Visa pour L’image “The Unconsoled: Rafah, Gaza” Perpignan France (Screening)
  • 2002 Galleri Kontrast “Afghanistan: Restart” Stockholm Sweden


  • “War Is Only Half The Story”, Mets & Schilt, Aperture Books, 2008


  • B.Sc. 1988 Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences New York City
  • M.B.A. 1995 Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York City

Brief Biography

Asim Rafiqui is an independent photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been working professionally since 2003 and has been focusing on issues related to the aftermath of conflict. This focus has led him to produce work from Iraqi Kurdistan, Haiti, Israel, The Palestinian Occupied Territories and the tribal areas of Pakistan. He has also regularly shot assignments for magazines like National Geographic (France), Stern (Germany), The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Newsweek, and Time (USA, Asia). He authors the blog site called The Spinning Head, and also the essays that accompany his latest India work at The Idea of India project website.