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Chris Steele-Perkins travelled to Pakistan on the 50th anniversary of its creation as a nation state. During this time he photographed “the Mother Teresa of Karachi”, Abdul Sattar Edhi, and his humanitarian organisation. Abdul Sattar Edhi was a Pakistani philanthropist who built a network of humanitarian centres across the country, not long after partition in 1947. Pictured here, the courtyard of a hospital for mental health patients run by the Edhi Foundation.

Everything shifts as you move, and different things come into focus at different points of your life, and you try to articulate that

Chris Steele-Perkins

Chris Steele-Perkins was born in 1947 in Rangoon, Burma and at the age of two, moved to England with his father. At the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he studied psychology and worked for the student newspaper; he graduated with honors in 1970 and started to work as a freelance photographer, moving to London in 1971.

Steele-Perkins has produced some of the most iconic images of British society in the last half century, exploring youth subcultures, poverty and community with artful sensitivity. His more than 45-year career has seen him travel widely, making significant bodies of work in his home country of Myanmar, as well as Japan, Africa and Afghanistan, all of which have received critical acclaim.

Steele-Perkins became a member of Magnum Photos in 1979 and continues to work in Britain and abroad.

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