Dallas, TX (May 7, 2020) – Dallas-based writer Ali Haider is set to release his debut editorial photography and prose book Scrap Finality on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The book consists of memoirs and over 50 self-portraits confronting the topics of American-Pakistani identity, fashion, beautification, death and depression.
Scrap Finality is introduced as a cohesive project made from the scrapped photographs and consequent writings of the 24-year old author. The idea of “scraps” takes from the process of abandoning months of work to be revisited when multiple scraps come together. The author’s idea of “scrap finality” manifests when abandoned ideas are cultivated in an ecosystem of other abandoned ideas and merged to take on their own life.
The book navigates through 70 pages of photos and writing, categorized in sections named after either the environments the photos were taken in—such as “Outside” which deals with the author’s morbid relationship with nature and his own insignificance in relation to it—or the sentiments with which the photos were taken—such as “God fights too” which confronts the necessity of fighting depression and cynicism to complete the mundane tasks of every day.
Scrap Finality is the first complete long-form project by Ali Haider and will be self-published, available for free digitally on the release date and later for purchase in print.
About Ali Haider
Ali Haider (American, b. 1995) is a writer and marketing professional out of Dallas, TX. He currently works as the Social Media Coordinator for the Nasher Sculpture Center and freelances for organizations or publications. His writing has been featured in Dallas’s D Magazine and distributed by curators on the worldwide writing platform Medium, as well as published in the undergraduate journal of research at Texas Christian University, The Boller Review. Haider first began writing, designing and editing during his undergraduate stay at Texas Christian University, where he studied English and Marketing. Working for organizations such as the TCU Skiff Newspaper as a designer and the TCU Press as an editorial intern, as well as taking numerous classes on postcolonial and diasporic literature, he quickly merged his interests with the goal of expressing the experiences of first-generation children of immigrants, particularly those of South Asian descent. Now Haider primarily focuses on self-portrait photography as an avenue for writing on his experiences, hoping that the photo and the prose can jointly tell a story of self-love and acceptance of South Asian heritage, among other topics.