Gulshan Khan is an independent photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Currently a stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP), she was the first woman from the continent to be hired by the agency. Her work has been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, The Financial Times, El Pais, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Gulshan has worked with various NGO’s including the UNFPA and the African Women's Development Fund.
In 2018, she was one of six photographers selected for the World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program, Africa Edition and is a 2019 Joop Swart nominee. In 2016, Gulshan completed the Market Photo Workshop Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also a member of the World Press Photo's African Photojournalism Database (APJD), Native and Women Photograph and is an Everyday Africa contributor.
Her work is focused on stories related to identity, transition and belonging, themes which continue to direct her visual representations of the human condition and the world around her. Sometimes, she explores with video, poetry and short form.
While working on multiple projects, Gulshan has been slowly developing a long term project about her own community of contemporary Muslims in South Africa living in migrant and diaspora communities. This personal documentation aims to engage with ideas of the replication of origins, the re-establishment of communities and the transformations of physical and social landscapes through faith, with a special interest in the perspective of women.