Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Aaron Huey: Sufism In Pakistan

Uch Sharif, Pakistan- Image Copyright Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey is a professional photographer who has shot all over the world, from the religious schools of the Taliban, to anti-American protests in Iran, lost temples of Eastern Burma and the tribes of the Caucasus. He worked in New York City in 2001 as assistant to photographer Steve McCurry.

His photographs have been published in the December 2006 National Geographic, and further photo essays are scheduled to appear in the National Geographic Traveler (3 features in 2007), Smithsonian Magazine (2007), and GEO France (early 2007).

Huey's website includes many interesting galleries, and perhaps predictably, I've chosen his gallery "Sufism in Pakistan" for this TTP post. The above image of a Muslim Sufi at a grave in a Muslim cemetery is breathtaking. The luminosity and the composition of this image are wonderful, and it's no wonder that the National Geographic chose it to appear in its December issue. Also look for the colorful and expressive Sufi musician in the Sufism gallery. It's a shame that there aren't more (or larger) images.

In my view, there's no question that Huey has long left McCurry behind.

Aaron Huey