DECONSTRUCT – A Fashion Series

photographs & layout / Mohsin Khawar
wardrobe & styling / Hamza Bokhari
talent / Bilal & Marcus
hair & makeup / Sunny

Florence, Italy.

Florence, Italy. – Travel photographs of Mohsin Khawar.
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Along The Danube

Along The Danube
2019 Bags campaign for Annamaria Pap

Photographs / Mohsin Khawar
Bags / Annamaria Pap
Stylists / Amarilla 
Model / Anna Van Doremalen

Colosseum – Rome, Italy

I dont photograph monuments or architecture, i pick up the light on them and pour into my mould of composition. Every building i have visited has my photographic take on it. It maybe ordinary or a masterpiece, but it will surely be different.
Here is one of the great Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Happy Viewing,
Mohsin Khawar
September 2019

Vatican Museums – World Tourism Day

On World Tourism Day, i was lucky to be in Rome and visited Vatican Museums. Above, behind and around me were hand painted and sculpted walls.
Witnessing Michelangelo’s paintings at Sistine Chapel, specially The Creation of Adam, was surely a sight to remember.

Here are some glimpses for you from my visit. (All the photos/videos are made using a mobile phone in this blog and are unedited)

Happy viewing!

– Mohsin Khawar

27th September 2019


“I photograph light; be it on a building, human face or in a soul. Nothing intrigues me more to pick up the camera.”

– Mohsin Khawar

The Plastic Takeover

We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning.

It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade. However, plastic bottles do not biodegrade, so they will remain in our environment forever.
When water gets extracted to be sold as bottled water, many natural water supplies dry up.It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade. However, plastic bottles do not biodegrade, so they will remain in our environment forever.

Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way.They get into soil and slowly release toxic chemicals.

It can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down, so the damage to the environment is long-lasting.

When plastic bags are thrown on land it makes soil less fertile.

Toxins in plastics are directly linked to cancers, birth defects, immune system problems, and childhood developmental issues.

This is an awareness campaign highlighting the threat to our environment from the use of Plastic.
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Photographs / Mohsin Khawar
Art Direction / Aysha Mohsin
Hair & Makeup / Sonia
Talent / Mehrunissa, Shakeeb, Bilal & Shahnam

Murree – Pakistan

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Is Imperfection The New Beautiful?

Imperfection has recently taken over the word ‘beautiful’ in Pakistan’s fashion industry and I have been a keen spectator to this changing trend, in Pakistan and globally as well.
As a fashion photographer, I have observed some new trends in our photo shoots and brand’s image building practices but all this connect to the worldwide fashion scene where it started taking place a few years back. Some envisioned this and some shadowed. Those who followed this were mostly lacking skill or resources, and keeping it imperfect actually made things easier for them.

Now lets elaborate the shifting fashion photography trend globally and then discuss its impact on Pakistan’s fashion industry.

Artists usually rise from a very humble background having a few or very less resources to fund their art, and this is mostly the case around the world. Unlike Pakistan, it’s not easy for any artist or a photographer to have a principal amount given by his/her parents to start up a studio. Normally people work hard and earn to start up their passionate professional endeavors. Therefore it’s not very convenient for young photographers to buy costly equipment or hire professional retouchers to elevate their work. Only thing they have is their uncooked aptitude, which varies in each individual, and rest is all the uphill battle and persistence they put into their work.

When young photographers start their photography assignments in west, they lack all these glittery resources thus it’s difficult for them to hire a crew to fix the set, neaten the hair and perfect the light. It is also difficult for them to hire a professional photography retoucher to fix sweat, (unless and until the mood board requires that) marks and the inappropriate highlights they create or smoothen the skin. So they produce their work in its purest and natural form. But due to a universal social media overthrow and that every person has an unlimited access to Internet, and platforms where they can showcase their work, people have starting to coming across more of such photography work. Not to mention the easy availability of digital single lens reflex cameras also known as DSLRs in short.

Gone are the days when you use to see campaigns only in print magazines like Vogue, Harper, etc. or only when you knew a few photographers working on film cameras. This is the generation next and what is quick, uploaded, trending and shared is the new media standard. I will not be surprised if print magazines go out of scene completely and people start subscribing to electronic magazines only. This will further support the case discussed in this write-up as one will no longer need high resolution images as computer/tablet screens require three times lesser resolution and less retouch. It is actually printing that shows you the real hard work and pain taken in finishing a commercial photograph.

Parallel to this, there are many organizations working for this cause where they want women in fashion to own how they look, their complexions and their curves. Which is a beautiful thing to work on and aware people of. I have shot a campaign like this too collaborating with a journalist here in Pakistan.

But this is not what is happening in Pakistan’s fashion industry. No brand or photographer will take an imperfect model but they surely are deteriorating their photography standards by following the social media rookies around the globe. I have witnessed a lot of good photographers lowering their styling and retouch level trying to do what is trending.

Apart from having a good styling team, they think it is the new thing to always have hair on the face in commercial assignments. Apart from having a good retouching team, they have followed the ‘keeping it natural’ retouch where unnecessary marks and unwanted highlights are not touched.

What we need to understand is that we were already way ahead than the new comers at Instagram or Facebook. We have already set a par and we need to move forward perfecting the fashion photography work more and more rather than bringing it down by hiring a bad makeup/styling team or asking your retouchers to follow what you see a 15-year-old boy doing at any social media platform. Those beginners will improve with time like we did, perfect their skill and then bring back the global trend of what you are capable of doing right now. It’s our time to take the lead and set standards internationally.

Either its west or our region, you will always see a matured and tested photographer working on his/her light and practicing it through editorials. Mood boards play a major role in editorials and that’s where one can sketch out all the creativity and execute it in his shoots. Going back to where one started just because it’s trending globally will only dwindle your talent.

What is more in number is not what is always right. Progress in your journey, in your hard work and take it forward along as a value addition.

Mohsin Khawar (Writing from Pakistan)

Published in Hello! Pakistan

More work:


Reverie – 2019 campaign for Tangerine