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Abir Abdullah

FULL NAME: Abir Abdullah DATE OF BIRTH: 20 February 1971 PLACE: Mongla Port, Bagerhat NATIONALITY: Bangladeshi DESIGNATION: Photojournalist European Press Photo... read more FULL NAME: Abir Abdullah DATE OF BIRTH: 20 February 1971 PLACE: Mongla Port, Bagerhat NATIONALITY: Bangladeshi DESIGNATION: Photojournalist European Press Photo Agency (EPA), Bangladesh TELEPHONE: 88 0175105546 E-MAIL: EDUCATION: Masters in Marketing (M. Com) from Dhaka University. BACKGROUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY: (Formal education, workshops) Basic photography course from Bangladesh Photographic Institute in 1993. Composition on Photography workshop in 1994. Lighting workshop from Bangladesh Photographic Society in 1995. Workshop on Photo Marketing conducted by Stephen Mayes at Drik Picture Library in 1997. Completed Diploma in Photojournalism course from Pathshala- South Asian Institute of Photography in 1999. PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE: Worked as freelance photographer from 1994 to 1995. Working as a staff photographer at Drik Picture Library from 1996 to 2005. Joined European Press Photo Agency (EPA) as a Photojournalist as Bangladesh correspondent in 2005. Experienced in portraits, corporate works, photojournalism and Documentary photography. Completed three years long seminar (Pleasure of Life) assigned and supported by World Press Photo Foundation- Netherlands. Worked as a photographer at Sorvis in Norway for three months. Photography tutor in the ‘Pathshala’-South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka. Conducted and coordinated many photographic workshops. AWARDS: Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Awards for ‘ Freedom Fighters: Veterans of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971’ works in 2001. Nomination photo award from humanity photo award in China- 1999. Highly recommended photo award from Commonwealth photo contest in 1999 and 2000. Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo Foundation in 2001. Overall winner Phaidon 55 Photography competition in 2001. Ist prize from WHO photo contest in Switzerland, 2002. Third place in the Gordon Parks photo contest in USA in 2002. 2nd prize, Unicef Photographer of the year contest 2004, Germany. 3rd Prize in the Magazine News category in the Best of Photojournalism Contest from USA 2005. 1st Prize in the SAJA ( South Asian Journalists association) Photo Award 2005. Nomination award in the National Geographic All Roads Photography project in 2005. EXHIBITIONS: Group exhibition on Reflections: Water and Life in Bangladesh at The Association of Photographers Gallery in London, 1999. First solo exhibition on War veterans of Bangladesh at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhaka in 2000. Group exhibition on Pleasure of Life at Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, 2001. An exhibition of Photographs by the 2001 Mother Jones award recipients in The Friends of Photography at the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco, USA, 2001. Group exhibition in the 4a Bienal of Photojournalism at the "Centro de la Imagen" in Mexico City in 2001. PUBLICATIONS: Photographs published in Newyork Times, Asiaweek, Himal (South Asian Fortnightly), Geo-France, New Internationlist - UK, NRC HANDELSBLAD - Netherlands, DAGNES NYHETER - Sweden . A photo reportage (on Dr. Yunus and his micro credit projects for the poor) published in Der Spiegel - Germany. Photographs also published in Hotshoe magazine-UK, TIME, Development magazine - UK. BLINK- a contemporary photography book on 100 photographers worldwide- Phaidon Press, UK, The Guardian-UK, Photographers International Magazine - Taiwan. Saudi Aramco – Texas, Newsweek-U.S.A. One World Almanac 2004- UK. Cover story for Far Eastern Economic Review – Hongkong. Chicago Tribune-USA.

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