The AP photographer was awarded for exemplifying compassion in his photos of children in conflict zones.
Chief photographer in Pakistan for the Associated Press Muhammed Muheisen was recently awarded the $10,000 Oliver S. Gramling award for journalism. His stunning coverage of refugees–with a strong focus on refugee children–in Pakistan and other conflict zones are imbued with compassion and humanity, and convey what photography has always had the power to do at its best: stir emotions within the viewer and, in some cases, compel us to act toward change
throughout the year, one name has stood out from the rest: Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen. At-once authoritative and distinctive, Muheisen’s photographs have become indispensable for news outlets the world over
Out of more than 3000 images that appeared last year in LightBox’s weekly Pictures of the Week galleries, Muhammed Muheisen’s photographs have appeared more consistently and more often than those of any other photographer. Yet more often than not, his images are not directly related to the news of the week. Instead, they’re poignant images of daily life — visual reminders of how humanity awakens and lives out each day.
Muhammed Muheisen, 30, the chief photographer in Pakistan for The Associated Press, has been taking pictures for a decade. His work has been included in Pictures of the Day more than 80 times since the Lens blog began in 2009. But it wasn’t until last year that Mr. Muheisen felt as if he’d truly found his footing in photography, when he took to the streets in search of scenes of daily life.