Ziyah Gafić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He began his professional photography career after graduating from Sarajevo University with a degree in Comparative Literature. Traveling extensively since 1999, Gafić’s photographs tell the stories of societies in conflict and transition.
Gafić’s photographic composition reflects his view that photography works as a means to producing empathy, encouraging viewers to draw their own conclusions about the narratives within the images. Gafić’s latest project, “Quest for Identity,” consists of photographs of objects that the victims of the Bosnian War carried with them when they were killed. He also recently completed “Troubled Islam,” a series of photographs from Muslim countries around the world that have been torn by ethnic conflicts and fraternal warfare.
In this episode of Picture Perfect, Gafić is on assignment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to document and demystify notions about Saudi Arabian women. Picture Perfect gets an inside look at his process and work to capture compelling portraiture and interviews of his subject matter.
Be sure to check out our exclusive bonus footage, in which Gafić photographs and interviews Salwa Shaker, the first Saudi woman to appear on television.
We’re pleased to bring back Picture Perfect for its second season. Brought to you by Vice and Incase, Picture Perfect is a video series dedicated to documenting the work and lives of our favorite photojournalists.
The premiere episode of season two features Sarajevo-born photographer Ziya Gafić. In this episode, Gafić travels on assignment to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to document and demystify notions about Saudi women through compelling portraiture and interviews. Look for the full episode to launch next Tuesday, February 21.