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M R Owaisi (Muhammad Rafique Owaisi) is one of Pakistan’s most acclaimed pioneer photographers. Born in Jehlum in 1933 he began taking photographs in his early twenties. Owaisi’s love affair with historical Jehlum River, its boatmen and their families flourished to the point of madness and later international photographic salons and circuits referred to his work as Owaisi’s Jehlum and Owaisi’s Boats. He bagged four Galaxy awards and five star PSA ratings with more than two thousand international acceptances of prints till date (including Presidential Pride of Performance Award). His particular magic consisted of mixing transparencies, use of cut and half colored filters and glass for creative effects and moving filters and cameras during long exposures. Agfa and Illford photo papers remained his top choice for making prints. During his long lasting career he received every major photographic honor from all significant photographic societies of the world. M R Owaisi’s work and awards remain unparallel in the history of Pakistani photography. Pakistan Photography Magazine published his informal interview in its first issue (cover story September – October 2015)