shah photography


Tales of Patan | A visual ode to the handwoven textile of Patola made in Patan, Western India

Outfits | Gaurang Shah

Concept and Styling | Who Wore What When

Photography | Karan Nevatia

Models | Naomi Janumala and Poulomi Das

“how could anyone
who plays with you
ever be sad?

how could anyone
whom your light turns
into the sun ever be gloomy?

how could the secrets of
the world stay secret from
anyone who becomes your
best friend?” -Rumi

Shrine Shah Gardez.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)

“This is love: to fly toward
a secret sky, to cause a
hundred veils to fall each
moment. First to let go of
life. Finally, to take a step
without feet.” -Rumi

Shrine Shah Rukn-e-Alam.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)


“O heart, what a
wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed
spears of your enemy.” -Rumi

Shah Rukn-e-Alam.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)

AFGHANISTAN. Parwan Province (now Panjshir Province). 1984. Afghan guerilla leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, centre, is surrounded by Mujahideen commanders at a meeting of the rebels in the Panjshir Valley. Massoud was central to much of the anti-Soviet resistance, and after the troops left, struggled with others to create a new government. In a few years, Massoud and his forces were fighting the Taliban, and he had become an enemy of Osama bin Laden. On September 9, 2001 Massoud was assassinated by two attackers backed by Al Qaeda, just days before the September 11 attacks on the U.S.

Photograph: Jean-Luc Bremont/AP