Over 200 rare photographs of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, snapped by his official photographer Ziauddin Barni, were placed to display at an exhibition at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi.
The photographs were received from the collection of Ziauddin Barni’s grand-daughter Zarreen Baqir, who formally inaugurated the exhibition on January 17.
While speaking on the occasion, Zarreen Baqir said that his grand-father was an award-winning photographer in the 1930s and ’40s and worked in government service as well. He was working in the ministry of information when he became the Quaid’s official photographer.
Later, Ziauddin Barni went on to make documentary films and spent two years in Hollywood, training and working at leading studios, MGM, Warner Bros among others, learning film-making and eventually setting up his own production company. But his passion was always photography, said Ms Baqir.
Ziauddin Barni worked with Mr Jinnah as his official photographer from 1946 till his death, and subsequently continued photography in Pakistan.
The exhibition was visited by a large number of people who admired the rare photographs of the Founder of Pakistan.