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Irfan Khan

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Irfan Khan

In 1988, Irfan Khan landed in New York City with his wife, three daughters and dreams of providing his children a good education and furthering his career as a photojournalist. He joined The Times in 1996.

Before arriving in the United States, Khan launched his photography profession in 1973 at the Pakistan Design Institute. While working there, Khan completed a degree in international relations and political science from Karachi University. Khan’s first big move was in 1977, when he accepted a job offer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Khan established a photo studio at an advertising agency, which was later bought by New York-based advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather.

In 1981, Khan was hired by Khaleej Times, a widely circulated English-language daily newspaper in the Arabian Gulf. There, he discovered his deep passion for photojournalism as he worked on national reports, investigative stories and sports, travel and fashion features and other projects.

After 12 years in the Middle East and with 16 years of photography experience under his belt, Khan went knocking on the doors of the Los Angeles Times. He was hired immediately as a freelancer and became a full-time staff photographer in 1996. His assignments have taken him all over Southern California, to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and to Saudi Arabia to cover the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj.

irfan.khan@latimes.com

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