Through considered natural light and delicate colours, Farhan Hussain tells his subjects’ authentic stories

Despite working primarily in editorial and commercial photography, Farhan Hussain approaches his subjects with a journalistic mindset. Not content with simply snapping a pretty picture, he’s invested in each person’s story and aims to portray it truthfully in an image. “I believe that my subjects are always an important and authentic part of the stories I tell,” he tells It’s Nice That. “I’ve become invested in understanding and respecting my subjects and am always driven to work on projects where the team aligns with the above beliefs.”

Farhan is originally from Assam, “a beautiful state nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas,” but now resides in Goa. His output is thoroughly international though, and he’s had work published in Another, GQ, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Verve and more, as well as having exhibited across the globe. Over the years, through working with some of the fashion and editorial world’s biggest clients, he’s developed a practice that looks beyond aesthetics and visuals, one he implements across his portfolio and which gives his imagery a distinct look and feel.

Interestingly, Farhan believes it’s not just industry experience that has informed his visual language but also his lack of formal training. He first picked up a camera when his elder sister got married and the family purchased their first digital camera – Farhan was elected as the designated photographer for the event and took on the role with enthusiasm, he recalls. “Later, when we all sat down to view the photos, it turned out that my sister wasn’t too pleased. Instead of photos of the bride and groom, all she found were images of lurking cats or portraits of fingers and other bits and bobs.” Although disappointed with the documentation of her big day, Farhan’s sister recognised a natural talent and fervour for photography in him, and so encouraged him to pursue the medium further. “I wasn’t academically keen and the rigid education system didn’t allow me much room to play,” he adds. “[Photography] sounded like a great escape and I took up a basic visual communication course in college.”

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