Photojournalist and storyteller Saiyna Bashir has spent her career being passionate about documenting important societal issues, from her homeland in Pakistan to Ferguson, Missouri to Madison. Currently a photojournalist for the Cap Times, Saiyna strives to tell honest stories she can share with others. Her recent coverage of Muslim life in Madison, which will be the highlight of her PhotoMidwest's Third Thursday presentation on February 16, 2017, has received widespread national recognition. Her ongoing project about acid attacks on women in Pakistan has received high praise from communities abroad.
"My commitment to pursuing a career in visual journalism began as a young undergraduate in Pakistan. Pursuing a career as a young woman in Pakistan requires one to persist against systemic barriers of women of a society rooted in conservative Islam," explains Saiyna in a summary of her achievements. Saiyna's work has been published by Al Jazeera America, Associated Press, Huffington Post, CNN, Refinery 29, The Sun Times, and many other news organizations. In addition to participating in the 2016 Eddie Adams Workshop, her work was previously accepted for the New York Times Portfolio Review and she participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Saiyna received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago.
PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentations begin at 7 pm at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Madison WI and are free and open to the public.