Arif Mahmood has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Otterbein College, Ohio, USA. He started photography on his return to Karachi in 1985, areas of interest being photojournalism, portraiture and fashion.
5 years later he was contributing editorial work for all major publications of Pakistan. International publications include Newsweek, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, Arabian Women and Private Magazine.
Arif has various publications to his credit including 2 monographs on Karachi, one on the Thar desert, ‘To Live In Freedom’, a photographic essay on the Earthquake victims in Kashmir , Merewether Tower, Invisible Boundaries , limited edition portfolio on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (2010) & Tethys limited editions portfolio on the Floods in Sindh (2010/2011)
His most recent group show (2010) is at the White Chapal Gallery London, ‘ Where three dreams Cross’, 150 years of Photography in India , Pakistan and Bangladesh. In 2009, he was also a part of ‘Hanging Fire’ an exhibition at the Asis Society Museum in New York City.
Arif recently attended a residency for 6 weeks in the UK sponsored by Visiting Arts UK, followed by a workshop and exhibition in Karachi on the Mai Kolachi Square Mile. His photographs are also in the permanent collection of the museum of Fine Arts Houston USA. Presently Arif is working as the Chief Operating Officer at White Star Photo Private Limited, a sister concern of the Dawn Media Group
Address: Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, ST-33, Block 2, Scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi-75600, Pakistan.