Farhat Basir Khan

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Farhat Basir Khan

Farhat Basir Khan is an Indian Photographer and media expert. A senior most faculty member at the AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia where he holds the prestigious Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Chair. Khan has completed several national and international media projects and consultancies and distinguished himself as a visiting faculty and jury member both in India and abroad.[1][2] His contribution to photography and media studies in India, both as an academician as well as an industry professional, has been widely acknowledged.[3][4][5][6]

Khan has also served as the Professor of Media & Communication at the AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre where he officiates as the director of the centre in absence of the director[7][8] He has also founded the Academy for Photographic Excellence - a Jindal Photo Initiative with which he was associated in the capacity of professor and Director.[9][10]

He uses new media formats like walk in multimedia installation for symposium and is considered to be the father of modern Photography and Mass education in India.[11][12][13] Khan has been instrumental in vocationalisation of media education in the country. Been rigorously involved in designing new media courses and setting up facilities at Educational Institutes throughout. He helped in the formulation of the National education policy in 1993, was first to design and develop a three-year undergraduate degree programme in still photography which was adopted by UGC, assisted the Department of Vocationalisation of Education for NCERT for their first photography vocational course at senior school level in mid eighties.[14]

He has served as a member of many prestigious juries such as International CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, Delhi; Fuji Film Super Six, Film Photography and Animation Festivals at IIT Kanpur and Delhi; and for the last sveral years at the International Broadcast Convention for Content Creation, Management & Delivery in Netherlands, Amsterdam.[15][16]

Khan produced the fifty-year commemorative audio-visual for UNICEF India as well as WHO SEAR. and contributes regularly to several electronic, print and web media.[17]

Biography[edit]

Khan was born on 2 August 1957 in Aligarh and completed his postgraduate degree[vague] at Aligarh Muslim University[18] in 1978. He started his career as a photojournalist, but soon distinguished himself also as an industrial and advertising photographer and audio-visual producer.[19] His interest in education led him to become a teacher of Photography at Aligarh Muslim University.[citation needed] Following industry exposure, he joined the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, where he heads the Photography, Multimedia & Audio Visual sections and holds the Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Chair.[20] He further served as the Director of the Academy for Photographic Excellence; a Jindal Photo Initiative.[21]

Work[edit]

Khan is the senior faculty member of AJ Kidwai Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.[22] During his career as an academician he has taught several prominent names of the industry such as Shah Rukh Khan, Roshan Abbas, Barkha Dutt, Kabir Khan, Loveleen Tandan, Aseem Mishra and Saurabh Narang.[23][24][25] He has been rigorously involved in designing new Media Courses & setting up facilities at Educational Institutes and universities throughout the country. He also contributed under the National education policy in 1993, and was the first to design & develop a three-year undergraduate degree programme in Still-Photography and audio video production which was adopted by the UGC for nation-wise assistance. He also assisted the Department of Vocationalisation of Education for NCERT for their first photography vocational course at senior school level in the mid-eighties.[2] He is credited with the invention of several new formats like walk-thorough symposiums and multimedia installations. His curatorial project Votography integrates street theatre, installation, graphics and photography.[24]

Commercial work[edit]

An active commercial photographer, Khan is famous for his campaigns for Grey, Lintas, Leo Burnett, Atlas, Oberoi Maidens, Avis, Grasim and Delhi Police.[citation needed] He has contributed to various international projects such as the One World programme for UNICEF delegates on Unspooling the Documentary Process and for institutes such as MIT, Russian Film School and Harvard Business School.[26] Khan was chosen to make an Audio Visual for Commemoration of 50 years for both UNICEF and WHO from amongst all the Professional Photographers around the world.[27][28]

Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes[edit]

His most recent international achievement has been to bring to India, the prestigious World Photography Award – Student Focus at the Palais des Festival in Cannes, defeating finalists from all the other continents. It was won by the team he was leading, consisting of two of his students at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia in 2009. In 2010, the team led by him were the Asia finalists. The award brought the focus of World Photography on India and AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre.[29][30]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Abrar, Dr. Rahat. "Alumni of AMU". Directory of Journalists from AMU. AMU University. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
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  6. ^ Khan, FB. "Faculty MCRC". AJK MCRC, JMI (www.ajkmcrc.org). Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Officiating Director at AJK MCRC". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Faculty AJK MCRC". 
  9. ^ "FB Khan". 
  10. ^ "Nomination Jury". 
  11. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan". 
  12. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan- Illustrated Lecture on Documenting Reality Lalit Kala Akademi Lucknow. 18th Feb.Friday". 
  13. ^ "media education". 
  14. ^ "UGC NCERT". 
  15. ^ "Prof Farhat Basir Khan - Illustrated Lecture on Documenting Reality Lalit Kala Akademi". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "supersix". 
  17. ^ "50 year commemorative AV, UNICEF". 
  18. ^ "Alumni of AMU". Aligarh Muslim University. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan". 
  20. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan". Indi Career. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "APEx". 
  22. ^ "Prof. FB Khan". AJK MCRC, JMI (www.ajkmcrc.org). Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Raihan, Dr. Hamid. "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan Rewarded". AMU NEWS. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  24. ^ a b Sharma, Parul (11 March 2009). "Another Proud Moment for Jamia Institute". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan". 
  26. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan". Indi Career (www.indicareer.com). Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  27. ^ Sahil, Afroz Alam. "Double Whammy - JAI HO". This time it's Sony World Photography Award at Cannes. Suchna Express. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  28. ^ "Prof. Farhat Basir Khan - Illustrated Lecture on Documenting Reality Lalit Kala Akademi Lucknow". Press Trust Of India. 
  29. ^ "2 Jamia Students, Prof bag photo awards at Cannes". The Tribune. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  30. ^ Sharma, Parul (11 March 2009). "Another Proud Moment for Jamia". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

www.jmi.nic.in/

www.ajkmcrc.org/