Asif Hassan – the decisive moment

 

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Photo by Asif Hassan – Karachi, Pakistan (The Guardian UK edition)

It has been a very long time since I’ve seen a photograph of this calibre, published or curated. With the plethora of images around us – many of them very good, I have always feared the great works of our age would be buried amidst a pile of rubbish.

Today I came across one of those astounding pictures that in fact may be one of the best photographs I’ve ever seen. I know there is a loud faction that would argue everything is context and personal, but I’m more interested in great art which is always transcendent.

Based in Pakistan, Asif Hassan has been publishing photos in The Guardian newspaper for several years and with a little searching you can find his work online there and elsewhere.

Certainly outside of Sebastião Salgado and one other photograph, I can’t think of any other picture in the last 40 years that has managed to both transcend the medium and reveal the profound power and enduring importance of a good photograph the way this one does.

 

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