The beauty of Kashmir mesmerized him, just as much as the militarisation of its public spaces disturbed him.
How could he get beyond the cliches of images that emerged from Kashmir: The pretty, tourist pictures and the gritty conflict pictures?
He found his answer by focusing on people: The disconcerting silence of the ordinary Kashmiri who has survived more than 20 years of low-intensity warfare. The result is a book of photographs, Kashmir – which Mehra calls a five-year visual diary of the region.
In an exclusive interview to Sarita Ravindranath, Amit Mehra explains why Kashmir turned out to be his favourite assignment.
In Picture: Dal Lake, Srinagar, 2008
Image Copyright: Amit Mehra. Republished from Kashmir, with permission from Penguin Books India