Photographs and photo essays basically freeze frame a reality, capture it and preserve it for future use. In the same way whatever types of hokk syun or hacche may be there, they basically freeze frame that vegetable. We are calling our photo essay section as Hokk Syun or Al Hachhe because it captures the essential meaning of a photograph or a photo essay. In this section we publish weekly or fortnightly photo essays by photographers who can tell visual stories.
It has been 29 years since Kashmir's indigenous Hindu community of Pandits left Kashmir on a painful journey to Jammu and other parts of India; leaving behind houses and hearth. For this photo essay, Mudabbir Ahmad traveled to Haal to capture the fading images of abandoned Pandit houses.
In this photo-essay, Bilal Ahmad captures the remains of the decimated homes of civilians which are burnt and destroyed by explosives by armed forces following encounters with Indian armed forces and militants in the valley.
Seer Hamdan is a village in Anantnag district of Kashmir where Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims have not allowed religion to contest their belongingness to shared spaces and symbols. The photo-story captures the voices of the villagers and symbols of communal harmony amongst them.
The graffiti in this photo essay by Insha bint Bashir are all taken in Islamabad (Anantnag) district of the Kashmir valley and is an attempt to place these graffiti in the contestation of public spaces in Kashmir.