Nafise Motlaq is an Iranian photojournalist living in Malaysia. She has a Masters degree in Journalism and has worked as a tutor in photojournalism at Malaysia's National News Agency, Bernama and also at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. Nafise has worked for more than nine years as a photojournalist in Iran for national and international agencies. Her photographs have been exhibited in several group exhibitions in Iran and overseas. Nafise is also one of the photographers at OnAsia, a digital stock photography and assignment agency specialising in photography and photojournalism from Asia. She is interested in social and documentary photography. A PhD candidate at a university in Malaysia, Nafise is also working on documenting life in Malaysia, a country she finds fascinating. She has completed a collection of photographs of Malaysia.
Nafise talks about her latest book, 'A Given Path'
In "A Given Path" photojournalist Nafise Motlaq has captured the rituals that mark the key milestones in our lives. With her camera, she has painstakingly recorded the details, religious significance and cultural diversity of Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus in the rituals they practice. More than 100 photographs with captions reveal the distinctive practices as well as the striking similarities that mark a human being's sojourn on earth, no matter what their personal beliefs may be.
In the foreword, YB Marina Mahathir wrote " Nafise Motlaq has the benefit of having the eyes of an outsider, able to see what we Malaysians have taken for granted for so long........ She saw that amongst the diversity of our peoples, there are commonalities that underscore the humanity in us all. All human beings celebrate the passage of life, with ceremonies to commemorate important markers in our lives, from birth all the way to death."