Verena Jaekel

Muhammed Tufail Shaheen MBE with his Grandson, Glasgow, 29 May 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2011)

About this artwork

Retired businessman Muhammed Tufail Shaheen is an active community leader and President of the Glasgow Central Mosque, which he was instrumental in building. His grandson regards him as a positive role model, describing him as a successful businessman with a strong belief in helping those less fortunate. Shaheen stopped in Scotland in 1958 on his way to Canada. He liked the people and the country so much he decided to stay. . This photograph is a companion piece to the one of his daughter, Nosheena Mobarik, both of which were taken at the Mobarik’s home in Glasgow. This is a striking portrait, the stag figurine introducing a very Scottish aesthetic.

  • title: Muhammed Tufail Shaheen MBE with his Grandson, Glasgow, 29 May 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.12
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: digital C-type print
  • date created: 2011
  • measurements: 110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009
  • copyright: © Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel

German photographer, Verena Jaekel, studied at the Lette-Verein, Berlin, and gradutated in 2004. Jaekel is a classic documentary photographer, observing scenes with great technical precision and like many of her generation, she is influenced by the Dusseldorf School of Photography. Since graduating her career has flourished, winning the prestigious Wüstenrot Foundation prize for documentary photography in 2005-6 and her portraits have been exhibited globally. Jaekel favours working with a large format film camera with her main subject interests including migration, religion and gender.