Fazal Sheikh


Fazal Sheikh Biography


Fazal Sheikh uses photographs to document people living in displaced and marginalized communities across East Africa, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cuba, India and Israel/Palestine. Sheikh graduated from Princeton University and has received many awards for his work, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Infinity Award, the Leica Medal of Excellence, Le Prix Dialogue de l’Humanité, Rencontres d’Arles, the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the Lucie Humanitarian Award, the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award. In 2005 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and in 2012 a Guggenheim Fellow. Sheikh’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including Tate Modern, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the United Nations, New York City, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. His work is held by many public collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and the Art Institute of Chicago.