• Farah Mahbub

    Farah Mahbub

    Photography | Pakistan

  • Farah Mahbub

    Farah Mahbub

    Photography | Pakistan

About Farah Mahbub

Since 1988, Karachi based Farah Mahbub has been exhibiting as a photographer in Pakistan and abroad. Equally adept in analogue printing as she is in the digital darkroom, her work traverses from documentary to digital photo-montage techniques, incorporating layers of light, shade, textures, architecture, natural objects, animals, landscapes and calligraphic text.

Her visual-scapes, often unpopulated, are as dense as the multiple meanings they extend to, inspired by philosophical discourse on Sufism and insights garnered from traveling and reflections on nature in the respite of her studio. Over the years, her art has assembled equal praise and critique, as the art world has moved towards accepting photography as a fine art medium while abandoning notions of analogue purism.

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Teaching and Professional Experience:

Professor of Photography, Visiting Faculty at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture – 1997- 2000

Professor of Photography, Permanent Faculty at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture – 2000 till date.

Solo and Group Exhibitions:

‘Sharing the Legacy’, Pakistan Single Country Exhibition, BMICH, Colombo,
Artroom: Collective Loft, Antidote art & design, Dubai

‘Hidden From View’, Women Photographers Photographing Women of Pakistan, Canadian High Commission, Islamabad
Artroom: Villa 21, Antidote art & design, Dubai

‘Kam Sukhan’, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture Gallery, Karachi

‘Baraka Silsila.e.Nisbat’,  V.M Art Gallery, Karachi

‘The Family’, Solo Show, VM Art Gallery Karachi
‘Faculty Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6’, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture Galley, Karachi
‘Jashan’ Solo Show, Khaadi Flagship Store, Dubai
‘K’architecture’, Expo Centre Karachi and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Gallery, Karachi

“There and Then” Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi

PX3 – Prix de la Photographie, 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris
‘The Art of Digital Imagery’ The Center for Fine Art Photography Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado

‘Ethereal Ether Echoes’, Solo Show, V.M Art Gallery, Karachi

‘Hues Within’, Sadequain Gallery Frere Hall, Karachi
SG Forum Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Karachi


Awards and Honours:

PX3 – Prix de la Photographie

The Center for Fine Art Photography

Camera & Darkroom
Inclement Weather Contest, CA

Catalogues, Brochures:

Baraka Silsila.e.Nisbat Farah Mahbub , Karachi

‘Buzzing’, Abdullah M.I. Syed, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi
‘Faculty Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5’ Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi

‘Artist’s Showcase’, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

The Aga Khan University Prospectus, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, MA in Muslim Cultures, London
Artists’ Voices: Body, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi
Artists’ Voices: Calligraphy, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi

Ethereal Ether Echoes, Farah Mahbub, Karachi

11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka

An Idea of Perfection, Pakistan National Council f the Arts, Islamabad, Pakistan



‘8’, Black Olive Publication, Edited by Arshad Faruqui & Amean J.p.172.ISBN 978-969-9251-62-7.

‘Kam Sukhan’, Celebrating Women .

K’ Architecture, Black Olive Publication, Edited by Arshad Faruqui & Amean J.p. 147.ISBN 978-969-9251-12-2.

Mazaar, Bazaar, Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan, Edited & Designed by Saima Zaidi

‘Journeys of the Spirit’, Pakistan Art in the New Millennium, Salwat Ali

Blueprint to Cyanotypes: Exploring Historical Alternative Photographic Processes by Malin Fabbri and Gary Fabbri, Stockholm, Sweden

‘Chobi Mela IV’, International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh


“ The knowledge that arises from contemplation is that knowledge that whirls the earth about the sun that raises and lowers the tides, that opens eyes and, eventually, for the devoted student, the heart. Those whose desire to see is strong enough will discern the hand of the designer in the symmetrical pattern of the leaves, the paint strokes of the artist in the strata of the rocks, the blueprints of the engineer in the placement of the stars.”

Essential Sufism by James Fadiman & Robert Frager

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

Ansel Adams

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