Photographer Fazal Sheikh has traveled the world, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Palestine. This exhibition celebrates a major MFAH acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career.

Sheikh, an award-winning photographer, was born in New York City in 1965. Homelands and Histories features images representing each of his key projects, from the late 1980s to 2013. A portraitist of uncommon sensitivity, Sheikh seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, often spending extended periods of time in each community.

In Sheikh’s own words, his aim is to “contribute to a wider understanding of these groups, to respect them as individuals, and to counter the ignorance and prejudice that often attaches to them,” a goal achieved through his simple, direct portraits.


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Generous support is provided by Joseph M. Cohen and W. Temple Webber III.