About the photographer Tariq ZAIDI

Tariq ZAIDI is a freelance photographer currently based in the UK. Tariq is a self-taught photographer and holds an M.Sc. (Master of Science) from University College London, UK. His photography focuses on documenting social issues, inequality, traditions and endangered communities around the world. Going back to his early roots as a teacher, he continues his passion for education and has taught courses on photojournalism, documentary photography and advanced photography, at the Central Saint Martins and London College of Communications, University of the Arts London, and other photographic institutions in Europe. He also presents his work at conferences, seminars and universities internationally. In search of truly unique images and stories, he continues to travel around the world.

Photo books by Tariq ZAIDI

'Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo' (2020, 2021); 'Sin Salida (No Way Out)' (2021)

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2nd print run. The photographer Tariq ZAIDI shows in 'Sapeurs. Ladies & Gentlemen of the Congo' the subcultural fashion in Kinshasa & Brazzaville. During the day cab drivers, tailors or gardeners - after work they become casually dressed, elegant dandies.
35,00 € Weight 0.9 kg
The second photo volume by Tariq ZAIDI, 'Sin Salida', is the result of three years of documentation and shows the struggle of the state of El Salvador against two brutal gangs that have sophisticated extortion and domination networks throughout the region
from 55,00 € Weight 1 kg

Tariq ZAIDI's stories, images and videos from Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, DRC, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mongolia, North Korea, Republic of the Congo & South Sudan have been featured over 1000 times in magazines, online or on television in more than 90 countries including BBC, The Guardian, CNN, National Geographic, Washington Post, Newsweek, Spiegel, Stern, El Pais, GEO, Los Angeles Times,  Smithsonian Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Zeit, Welt, Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, Marie Claire, GQ, Esquire, Global Times China, Internazionale, VICE, Deutsche Welle, Corriere della Sera, National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, British Journal of Photography, Hindustan Times, Al Jazeera, 6Mois, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Independent, China Daily, Telegraph, Foreign Policy Magazine and Times of London among other respected international titles. 

Awards & Exhibitions

Tariq ZAIDI has been the recipient of over 50 major international photography awards. In 2016, he was named as one of the 'Top 10 Travel Portrait Photographers you should know' by the International Photography Awards (IPA), focusing on social issues and inequality within various societies across the globe. In 2018, he was awarded one of the Premier Awards in POY75 (Pictures of the Year International Competition) - 'Photographer of the Year' Award of Excellence for his work from North Korea, Congo and Brazil. He was also awarded 'The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund' for outstanding achievement in Humanistic Photography, presented by PDN and Parsons School of Design, USA. In 2019, he was nominated to the Prix Pictet. In 2020, his work from Congo, El Salvador and Georgia was recognised five times by POY77 (Pictures of the Year International Competition) including 1st place Portraits Series, 2nd place Spot News and 3rd Place Issue Reporting. In Oct 2020, he was awarded 1st place Photojournalism Category for his work from El Salvador by Amnesty International's 2020 Media Awards in recognition of his commitment to human rights.

His work has been shown in over 85 international exhibitions and he has worked on projects and assignments in 22 countries across 4 continents. In Sep 2020, Tariq ZAIDI's work entitled 'Sapeurs. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo' was shown at Visa Pour L'image, International Festival of Photojournalism. 


Currently Tariq ZAIDI is working on multiple projects, including a long-term personal monograph titled 'Capturing the Human Spirit', which is a visual anthology about hope, dignity, and community in some of the poorest regions of the world. Images from the first three chapters of this work made in the slum communities of Haiti, Brazil, and Cambodia were featured at Visa Pour L'image, International Festival of Photojournalism, in September 2018. His work is represented by Zuma Press (USA), Caters News Agency (UK) and Getty Images (UK). He is an Eddie Adams Worksop 2015 Alumini.