Wedding Photographer Izzah Shaheen Malik or more commonly known by her insta handle pictroizzah took to her Instagram stories a traumatic experience she had. The experience that she terms harassment is related to a senior photographer, Irfan Ahson.
Pictroizzah reveals in her stories that ever since she entered the industry, she has met with all kinds of people, those who have both made her comfortable as well as those who made her unwelcome. Irfan Ahson belonged to the second category of people. She says that when she wanted to pursue the issue in private, not many people were up for supporting her, and it makes sense because no one would like to be blacklisted by a senior member of the fraternity.
The issue she unfolded goes somewhat like this:
Irfan Ahson had problems with how Izzah was using ‘her’ wider focal length.
Hold up! What?
And he was putting up pictures on his Instagram from where she could have been cropped out.
It was a wedding, and since there are a lot of people there, they can get photographed. But he should definitely have asked for her consent.
The harassment by Irfan Ahson began on WhatsApp
She would also understand this but considering what was happening in a private group; she knew that this was no honest mistake, rather targetted harassment.
He also alleged that all women photographers misuse their gender to ‘hijack coverage’.
This angle was quickly embraced by other male members present on WhatsApp, and the next day, memes against women and Aurat March were tweaked and used against her. But Izzah claims she chose to stay quiet and not extend the already complicated situation.
Izzah says that she had stayed quiet then, and she would have stayed that way had Irfan deleted her pictures. And then, on Women’s day, when people called her strong, she wondered that was she really strong if she stayed quiet and did not speak for herself?
As a result, nearing the end of 8th March, she decided to take to the public the harassment she faced that left her so traumatized she would return from events hyperventilating and crying.
After she took the issue to public, numerous people from the fraternity, and the general audience came out in support for Izzah and called out Irfan for putting her through this.
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