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September 6, 2010
Palhalan, Indian-administered Kashmir
The sister of Feroz Ahmad Malik wails as she clings to the bed carrying his body, at his funeral in Palhalan, near the city of Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir. Feroz was one of two people killed when Indian police and paramilitary fired at random in the town marketplace on 6 September. The incident led to massive protests in the town, during which a further two people were killed. Separatist unrest across the region had lasted since July, resulting in more than 60 deaths. Kashmir, which is over 60 percent Muslim, has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. From 1989 onwards, a growing Muslim separatist movement against Indian control has led to frequent clashes with government forces.
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Altaf Qadri was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and studied science at Kashmir University. He began his working life as a computer engineer, before taking up photography as a profession. Qadri grew up amid mass uprisings against Indian rule and witnessed many important events and incidents as a teenager. He was later sent to New Delhi, where his sister lived. When a friend gave him a camera, Qadri began to shoot and soon realized that the camera could become a witness along with him.
He returned after several months of self-exile and began his first assignment as a freelancer. In 2001, Qadri began to work at a local newspaper as a staff photographer. In 2003, he joined the European Pressphoto Agency, for which he provided extensive coverage of the conflict in Kashmir, until May 2008. In September of that year he joined The Associated Press and is still with AP and based in Amritsar, India. Qadri has covered news stories in Afghanistan, Nepal, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia and numerous provinces of India. His photographs and stories have appeared in newspapers and news magazines around the globe, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post and The Times.
He has received numerous awards and honors and his work has been exhibited in, among other places, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Cambodia, Beijing, Paris, New Delhi and Mumbai.
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