Five Pounds in My Pocket

It was the middle 50s—1955–56— when Britain was busy rebuilding as quickly as possible the cities and factories that had been destroyed in the war. Britain was in urgent need of manpower. Its doors were open, and hardy, hardworking villagers from Mirpur and Panjab were arriving in droves.

These were the days when the star of illiterate labourers was in the ascendant in Britain. One or two educated people were arriving too, but in comparison with the illiterate labourers, their achievement was not at all impressive. Most of them considered it an insult to them and to their university degrees to be offered work in a factory, and the British were not prepared to attach the importance to their degrees that they thought they deserved. True, some of them came to terms with this situation; they forgot about their B.A.s and M.A.s and began to work side by side with their fellow countrymen, some of them as conductors, some of them as porters on the railway, some of them as postmen—and a few fortunate people like Mehmood Hashmi as school teachers.


Project by Shai Chishti

Mentored by Wendy Marijnissen





We will be exhibiting all these projects at Kalma Chowk Metro station and Canal Metro station Lahore Pakistan.

We would be pleased to have you at our exhibition and to share our overwhelming experience with you.

The event is open for public – Everyone’s invited!

February 17 – February 19
7 AM to 10 PM


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Pakistan Photo Festival is the 1st international photography festival showcasing work of regional, national and international photographers, in Pakistan. Pakistan photo festival is a unique festival, which will call for the photography with narratives and stories of the globe. The idea is to introduce and cherish a unique form of Photography and to expose the various narratives on social, cultural, ethnic perspectives and distinct issues of human rights struggles and challenges.