Tapu Javeri

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Tapu Javeri
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Tapu Javeri
Born Mustapha Farabi Javeri
(1965-05-05) 5 May 1965 (age 51)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Other names Tapu
Occupation Photographer, Radio Host, Model and Jewellery Designer
Years active 1974–present
Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Relatives Mobeen Ansari

Tapu Javeri (Urdu: ٹپو جویری; born Mustapha Farabi Javeri on 5 May 1965) is a Pakistani fashion and art photographer, radio host and jewellery designer. He works as a freelance photographer[1] and was the photo editor of the Xtra magazine. He designs handbags, T-shirts and scarves for his label "Tapulicious". He has also designed T-shirts for the Pakistani fashion designer Maheen Khan's label "Gulabo".

He hosts a radio show, The Dark Room on CityFm89 (a country wide radio channel in Pakistan). In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was one of the jurors for Lux Style Awards.[2]

Early life[edit]

Javeri is the son of jeweller Hassan Ali Mohammad Javeri[3] and Ayesha Javeri. He has four siblings. He went to Karachi Grammar School for his early education and then to Bard College, New York City, to study Anthropology. After that he went to Athens for his Masters in Archeology and returned to Pakistan after the internship.[4]

Javeri (from the family that lent its name to Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazar) traces his roots back to Jamnagar, Gujarat, where his ancestors were court jewellers to the Nawabs of Kutch[5][6]


At the age of 9,[7] Javeri's first photograph was published in Dawn, a leading Pakistani newspaper. He then worked for magazines like Teenager, Libas, Fashion Collection, Newsline, Gallerie (India), Visage and Herald.[8] He became Photo-editor for the Pakistani fashion magazine Xtra in 1994[9][10]

Javeri has been described as a "pioneer"[11] of photography and painting in Pakistan. He uses photo montage, combining paints and photographs. Predominant colours are blues and browns. He has participated in group shows of paintings and photographs. His first solo show of artworks was held at Indus Gallery in 1997. Art Gallery in Islamabad held a solo show of his paintings. Javeri has exhibited at 50 group shows and 10 solo exhibitions.[12] These include Where three dreams cross[13] at Whitechapel Gallery, London[14] and KaraChakra[15][16] and KolachiScope in Karachi.

He has developed a tee shirt range known as "Tapu's Tees",[17] and also produced a photo-video montage depicting Karachi with Karachakra and Kolachiscope techniques.

Javeri is the brand ambassador of Ponds[18] and Sony Ericsson phones.[19]

Javeri was the judge for the British Council Pakistan's 2012 "Dickens and the City" competition.[20][21]

Javeri is also one of the judges for Veet Miss Super Model Contest Season 3.[22]

On 11 March 2013 Javeri became an ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan)'s Earth Hour 2013 along with Samina Pirzada, Adnan Siddiqui, Faakhir Mehmood, Frieha Altaf, Mekhaal Zulfiqar, Ayesha Omar and Agha Shiraz.[23]

On 11 June 2012 Javeri became the brand council member of Magnum ice cream along with Ayaan, Deepak Perwani, Kiran Aman, Nabila and Madiha Sultan.[24]

His "Tapulicious" line is an evolution of photo-manipulations, taking inspiration from the streets, but creating wearable art. Javeri uses his photographs of Pakistan to create both prints and bags from the images.[25] The "Tapulicious" bags were showcased in Fashion Pakistan Week 3 in April 2012 in Karachi. The handbags collection contains faces of different famous fashion personalities against the muted backdrop of Karachi’s landmarks and truck art.[26]

In June 2012 Intel announced the latest range of the laptops a.k.a. Ultrabook and stated that Javeri has launched colourful Ultrabook sleeves which portray the vibrant Pakistani culture.[27]

In March 2013 Javeri designed Peace T-shirts for the event "To Karachi With Love"[28] to raise money for the victims of the Abbas Town blast[29]

In September 2013, Javeri was amongst Pakistani fashion designers to showcase his collection of Digital Prints and Handbags in the 8th Annual Expo Pakistan 2013 organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).[30]

Javeri teaches photography at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and Karachi School of Arts.


Dawn reported for Javeri's exhibition at the Summer Show 2011 Karachi: "A very impressive contribution to the show was that of Tapu Javeri whose five-by-five feet, beautifully put together montage of photo images, collage and colour deserved a wall space of its own.[31]" Similarly, Dawn newspaper asserted in 2006 that "All his work has been a runaway success".[32]

Pakistan Art Review stated about Karachakra exhibition: "Karachakra looks like a Karachi Namaa to the viewer; it is like Nazeer Akbarabadi writing a poem on Karachi of the recent times."[33]

Javeri also works as a jewellery designer, which is his family business. Play TV described that sometimes his photography seems to be influenced by his jewellery designing techniques which can be seen in his work in Kolachiscope and Karachakra.[34]


Publications by Javeri[edit]

Publications with contributions by Javeri[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2002: Nominated, 2002 Best Photographer, Lux Style Awards.
  • 2006: Winner, 2006 Best Photographer, Indus Style Awards.[35]


  1. ^ "Freelance Photographer". Fashion Central. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lux Style Awards 2010 held at a local hotel". Daily Times. 2 November 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. 
  3. ^ The Friday Times http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130517&page=24. Retrieved 21 May 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "About Tapu Javeri". Pakistan Art Review. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sexy and they know it". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "The 80s was a decade of imitations". The Friday Times. Retrieved 10 March 2015. TJ: I come from a family of jewelers that goes back 400 years. My ancestors sold jewels in the Bombay Residency, in Indian Gujarat. The name Javeri is a variation of 'johari', 'javer' being related to the word 'zevar'. 
  7. ^ "Age Confirmation". ISEO. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Career". Play TV. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Xtra Magazine. Celsius Publications. 1994–2000. 
  10. ^ "Start of Career". Danka. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tapu Javeri Pioneer". Karachi Digest. Retrieved 26 March 2012. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Exhibitions". Pakistan Art Review. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Exhibition of Photographs from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh". NewStatesman. 1 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh". 
  15. ^ "Karachakra Exhibition". 
  16. ^ "Karachakra Exhibition". 
  17. ^ The 'mightee' new fashion statement, at The News International, Style Supplement; published 23 08 2009. Retrieved 26 03 2012
  18. ^ "Pond's Brand Ambassador". The News. 23 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Sony Ericsson K790i Cybershot Phone Ad". 
  20. ^ http://www.dickens2012.org/event/creative-writing-competition-city-dwellers
  21. ^ "Dickens and the city". Dawn. 10 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Veet Miss Super Model Contest Season 3". 25 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Energy Conservation". Express Tribune. 12 March 2013. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Spotlight: Magnum opus". Dawn. 17 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Tapu Javeri collection at TDAP Fashion Show: Expo Pakistan 2013". eBuzzToday. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Tapulicious Brand". The Express Tribune. 11 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "Intel transforms the computing landscape with the Ivy Bridge processor family". Hasnain. Double Click. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Fashion steps up for Abbas Town". The News International. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  29. ^ "Karachi: 48 dead, over 140 hurt in Abbas Town blast.". Geo News. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "Expo Pakistan 2013 Fashion Show by TDAP". LifeStyles. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  31. ^ "Art mart: Allegorical impressions". Dawn. 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. 
  32. ^ "A man of contrasts". Dawn. 28 May 2006. [dead link]
  33. ^ "Pakistan Art Review". 
  34. ^ "Play TV". 29 September 2011. 
  35. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120318081841/http://www.indus.tv/newsite/script/isa.html. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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