GMB AKASH

GMB AKASH

GMB AKASH

photographer

 

Autobiography

EN – I have received more than 80 international awards and my work has been featured in over 90 major, international publications including: National Geographic, Vogue,Time, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Brand Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Hello, andSunday Telegraph of London. In 2002 I became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. In 2004 I received the Young Reporters Award from the Scope Photo Festival in Paris — once again, the first Bangladeshi to receive this honour. In 2005 I was awarded “Best of Show” at the Center for Fine Art Photography’s international competition in Colorado, USA. And in 2006 I was awarded World Press Photo award and released my premier book “First Light”. In 2007 I became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the 30 Emerging Photographers (PDN 30), sponsored by Photo District News Magazine, USA. I won the 7th Vevey International Photography Grant from Switzerland in 2009 and in the same year, I took home the international ‘Travel photographer of the Year” title at the International Travel Photographer of the Year Competition (TPOY 2009) in the UK, the most prestigious award in travel photography. I was one of the speakers in the fifth Global Investigative Journalism Conference, held at Lillehammer, Norway in 2008 and as well I was the first Bangladeshi in Ted talk at TEDxOporto 2011, in Portugal. I was one of the speaker of “7th Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism”, Yogyakarta / Indonesia”. In 2011 Nikon has selected me as one of the 8 influencers in Asia pacific (APAC region). Presentation of my 10 years project published as form of book ‘Survivors’ in 2012, which has reviewed by prestigious Geo magazine. I performed as Jury in several international photo contest such as Friends of the Earth International Photo Competition (The Netherlands), The Worldwide photography Gala Award ( UK),Garuda Indonesia World Photo Contest 2014, (Indonesia), Fine Art Photography Award, UK, Siena International Photography Awards – SIPA, (Italy) and many more. I founded the FIRST LIGHT INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY in Narayangonj (near Dhaka), Bangladesh in August, 2013. Along with guest master photographers, I am teaching photography in workshops and seminars for aspiring young photographers at reasonable tuition. The proceeds from this are to help achieve my ultimate objective of providing basic education for street children, child sex workers, and child laborers. I started studying this art and techniques, firstly in Bangladesh and then continued my studies in the Philippines at Ateneo de Manila University did my Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Growing up in a developing country filled with millions of impoverished people and abused children, I had access to the darkest corners of the world. Overwhelmed with compassion and empathy for those people in my photographs, I was determined to give a voice to the voiceless and have it heard around the world. However, at one point I realized that just effectively reporting the human rights injustices through my images was not enough. I repeatedly asked myself then; what changes have my photos brought to the lives of my subjects of abuse and suffering? I knew that as a photojournalist that it was my duty to tell the truth but besides that, as a human being I believed that it was my moral duty to find ways to alleviate the pain of abuse and poverty of those people in my photographs. It was at that time that I decided to dedicate myself to what became more than 10 years of my life to photographing ‘Survivors’. This resulted in a self-published photography book depicting the invincibility of the human spirit to survive against all odds. The proceeds from the book and subsequent exhibitions go to helping the subjects in that book set up small businesses for which I train them and monitor their progress in order to make them and their families self-sufficient. ( GMB AKASH )

Autobiografia

 

IT – Ho ricevuto più di 80 premi internazionali e il mio lavoro è stato descritto in oltre 90 importanti pubblicazioni internazionali, tra cui: National Geographic, Vogue, Tempo, Domenica Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, marca Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, colori, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Ciao, andSunday Telegraph di Londra. Nel 2002 sono diventato il primo del Bangladesh ad essere selezionato per il World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass nei Paesi Bassi. Nel 2004 ho ricevuto il Premio Giovani Reporter dal campo di applicazione Photo Festival a Parigi – ancora una volta, il primo del Bangladesh a ricevere questo onore. Nel 2005 mi è stato assegnato “Best of Show” presso il centro per la competizione internazionale di Fine Art Photography in Colorado, USA. E nel 2006 mi è stato assegnato premio World Press Photo e pubblicato il mio libro premier “First Light”. Nel 2007 sono diventato il primo del Bangladesh per essere selezionato per i 30 fotografi emergenti (PDN 30), sponsorizzato da Photo District News Magazine, Stati Uniti d’America. Ho vinto il 7 ° Vevey Internazionale di Fotografia di Grant dalla Svizzera nel 2009 e nello stesso anno, ho portato a casa l’internazionale ‘fotografo di viaggio del titolo dell’anno “alla International Travel Photographer del concorso dell’anno (TPOY 2009) nel Regno Unito, il più prestigioso riconoscimento in fotografia di viaggio. sono stato uno dei relatori della quinta globale Investigative Journalism Conference, tenutasi a Lillehammer, in Norvegia nel 2008 e così sono stato il primo del Bangladesh a Ted – TEDxOporto 2011, in Portogallo. Ero uno dei presidenti del “7 ° Forum dei leader emergenti del Giornalismoin Asia “, Yogyakarta / Indonesia “. Nel 2011 Nikon mi ha scelto come uno degli 8 influenzatori in Asia-Pacifico (APAC). La Presentazione del mio progetto lungo 10 anni e pubblicato come forma di libro “superstiti nel 2012, che ha recensito da prestigiosa rivista Geo. Ho eseguito come giuria in numerosi concorso fotografico internazionale come Amici della Terra Concorso Internazionale Foto (Paesi Bassi), il Worldwide fotografia Award Gala (UK), Garuda Indonesia World Photo Contest 2014, (Indonesia), Premio Fotografia Fine Art , Regno Unito, Siena internazionali Photography Awards – SIPA, (Italia) e molti altri. Ho fondato laFIRST LIGHT INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY a Narayangonj (vicino a Dhaka), il Bangladesh nel mese di agosto 2013. Insieme ad ospiti maestri della fotografia, sto insegnando fotografia in workshop e seminari per aspiranti giovani fotografi a lezioni ragionevole. Il ricavo di tutte queste attività  sono dedicate  al fine di raggiungere il mio obiettivo finale di fornire un’istruzione di base per i bambini di strada. Ho iniziato a studiare questa arte e le tecniche, prima in Bangladesh e poi ho continuato i miei studi nelle Filippine presso Università Ateneo de Manila ha fatto il mio diploma in giornalismo multimediale. Crescere in un paese in via di sviluppo pieno di milioni di persone impoverite e bambini vittime di abusi, mi ha dato la possibilità di avere accesso agli angoli più bui del mondo. Sopraffatto con compassione ed empatia per le persone nelle mie fotografie, ero determinato a dare voce a chi non ha voce e lo hanno sentito in tutto il mondo. Tuttavia, ad un certo punto mi sono reso conto che nonostante le mie segnalazioni  delle ingiustizie dei diritti umani attraverso le mie immagini fossero crude ed evidenti non sono state comunque sufficienti a debellare o limitare gli effetti di questa piaga sociale. Ho più volte mi sono chiesto allora; quali cambiamenti hanno portato le mie foto per la vita dei miei soggetti di abusi e sofferenze? Sapevo che come fotoreporter che era mio dovere di dire la verità, ma oltre a questo, come essere umano ho creduto che fosse il mio dovere morale di trovare modi per alleviare il dolore di abuso e la povertà di quelle persone nelle mie fotografie. E ‘stato in quel momento che ho deciso di dedicarmi a quello che divenne più di 10 anni della mia vita a fotografare’ i superstiti. Ciò ha fatto si che auto-pubblicassi un libro fotografico raffigurante l’invincibilità dello spirito umano. Il ricavato del libro e le successive mostre servono e serviranno ad aiutare tutte le persone bisognose illustrate nel libro stesso al fine di aiutarli nei loro nuovi  progetti lavorativi  e di rendere loro e le loro famiglie autosufficienti. ( GMB AKASH )

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Solo Exhibitions

  • Solo exhibition / book launch: First Light at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006
  • “My Country, My People” at the Evangelische Stadtkirche Offenburg organized by the Evangelische Stadtkirchengemeinde, Pfarrer Peter Scherhans. Offenburg, Germany, 2007
  • “Dhaka- Hamburg” at the Town Hall Gallery. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • “The People from the Edge of the World” at the Town Hall Gallery. Castrop-Rauxel, Germany, 2007 GMB AKASH
  • “The Children from the Edge of the World” at the Hanes-Office. Brussels, Belgium, 2007
  • “Living on the Fringe” at the Der Spiegel Magazine Gallery. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • “Made in Bangladesh” in the Gallery of “Anti War House” in Sievershausen, Germany, 2007
  • Exhibition in the Press House of the Government. Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation “Bangladesh” on the Cap San Diego ship. In collaboration with Amnesty International. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation “Dangerous Photos” in the auditorium of the Gruner+Jahr Publishing House. In collaboration with GEO and Stern magazines. Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation “Living on the Edge” in the auditorium of the Bonn University. In collaboration with Orient Asia. Bonn, Germany, 2007
  • “Made in Bangladesh” in the Regional Court Building, Baden Baden. In collaboration with the Justice Ministry, Germany, 2007
  • “Living on the Edge of Society”; the Gallery Kunstraum. Potsdam, Berlin, Germany, 2007
  • Photo presentation in FREELENS annual meetings 2007 at the Museum for Work. Hamburg, Germany, 2007
  • Charleston Center for Photography, South Carolina, US, 2009 GMB AKASH
  • “The Voice of the True Survivors” at the HAT’s Photo Art Gallery in Alessandria, Italy, 2009
  • Survivors at Alliance Française de Dhaka, 2009; Shanghai International Photo Festival, China, 2010; Galleria di Porta Pepice, Matera, Italy, 2010; The Portuguese center of Photography, Porto, Portugal, 2011; Anastasia Gallery, US, 2012;Lugano Photo Festival, Lugano, Switzerland, 2013
  • Soulscapes at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010; Alliance Française de Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2010
  • “Born to work”, The images festival in Vevey, Switzerland, 2010
  • “Freedom to Create”, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011
  • My Mapless world, Art-Buvette APCd Gallery, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2013
  • Laos – A rural perspective at T’shop Lai Gallery, Organized by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Vientiane, Laos, 2013
  • “Water: Desert and Monsoon” with Gaetano Plasmati at Galleria di Porta Pepice, Matera, Italy, 2013 GMB AKASH

Awards

  • 1997, Special award from 20th Photo contest in Asia and Pacific cultural center for UNESCO (ACCU) Japan
  • 1999, Excellence from 23rd Photo contest in Asia and Pacific cultural center for UNESCO (ACCU) Japan
  • 2000, Certificate of Merit from India International Print Circuit (IIPC)
  • 2000, Photographer of the Year, Aalock Group of Photographers, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2002, Special award from international Asahi Shimbun photo contest, Japan
  • 2002, Humanity photo Award, China
  • 2002, third place, Press Foundation of Asia, Bangladesh Chapter, photo contest
  • 2002, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, the Netherlands
  • 2004, International Asahi Shimbun photo contest, Japan
  • 2004, Young Reporters Award, The Scope Photo Festival in Paris
  • 2004, First and second Place in Photojournalism section from Popular Photography magazine annual photo contest, US
  • 2004, World congress Photo contest, Oslo
  • 2005, 3rd and 4th place, Photographer’s forum magazine annual contest, US
  • 2005, “Best of Show” award from the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, US
  • 2005, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th place from WHO (World Health Organization) photo contest 2005
  • 2005, Silver Medal from China international Press Photo Contest 2005 in their Daily life photo story category.
  • 2006, First place (total five prizes) from the Friends of the Earth photo contest, The Netherlands
  • 2006, World Press Photo award, The Netherlands
  • 2006, Golden Award from Asia Press photo Contest, China
  • 2006, First place, Photographer’s Forum magazine Annual photo contest, US
  • 2006, Finalist of Gordon Parks annual Photo Contest, US
  • 2006, Second place from the Gallery Art and Design annual photo contest, US
  • 2006, American Graphic Design award, 2006
  • 2006, Bronze and Honorable mention Award from China International Press photo contest, China
  • 2007, Third place from Days Japan international photography contest, Japan
  • 2007, Forth and Honorable mention from Photographer’s Forum magazine Annual photo contest, US
  • 2007, Golden award from Asia Press Photo Contest, China
  • 2007, UNICEF Photos of the Year, 2nd place.
  • 2009, Travel Photographer of the Year winner
  • 2010, CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, Quality of Life winner
  • 2014, one of ten finalists in Lugano Photo Days contest, Switzerland GMB AKASH

 

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