Munem Wasif

Jute mill workers

monju mia, 35


Salt Water Tears

Eu, invejoso, me reconheço.

Não invejoso de bens materiais ou de bacoco reconhecimento social, mas invejoso admirador do talento e da coragem necessária para o pôr em prática. Da determinação de pôr o sonho em marcha.

Vem esta incontinência pessoal a propósito da fotografia de Munem Wasif (Bangladesh, 1983), um jovem cujo talento não cabe na idade. A fotografia de Munem Wasif tem tudo aquilo que me faz prender a esta arte. Emoções !

Fixem este nome.

Salt Water Tears

Salt Water Tears

Salt Water Tears

Salt Water Tears

Having grown up in a small town Comilla, Munem Wasif’s dream kept changing from becoming a pilot to a cricket player and then a photographer. But none of these choices made his father happy. Later he shifted to comparably a big city Dhaka. He found his graduation in photography from Pathshala (Photography school) a life changing experience, which made him aware of his stories, gave him a photographic voice to photograph the dying industry and afflicted workers of jute and tea, excluded people and disrupt lands due to environmental change and salt water, a nostalgic city of love, Old Dhaka.

Wasif prefers to photograph his known people, therefore his country Bangladesh, just to start from the inside of a story. He never finds it a problem to be treated as a storyteller of humanistic tradition, classical in photographic approach, as long as it shows compassion and his emotional experience for the people he photographed. With an outlook of a traditional narrative style, he starts from the opposite of clichés, when he looses his control from one direction of a story, and allows himself to grow in different directions, like branches on a tree, yet with the same root of humanistic approach.

Wasif won ‘City of Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award’ (2008) at Visa pour l’image. Prixpictet commission (2009), F25 award for concerned photography from Fabrica (2008), Joop Swart Masterclass (2007). His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Guardian, Politiken, Mare, Du, Days Japan, L’espresso, Libération, Wall Street Journal and many others. He had exhibitions worldwide including, Musee de elysee & Fotomuseam Winterthur in Switzerland, Kunsthal museum & Noordelicht festival in Netherlands, Angkor Photo festival & Photo Phonm Phen in Cambodia, Whitechappel Gallery in England, Palais de Tokyo & Visa pour l’image in France and Chobimela in Bangladesh.

Since 2008, he is represented by Agence Vu in Paris. He was one of the curators of Chobimela VII, International Festival of Photography. Currently he is working on his upcoming book on Old Dhaka, which is going to be published from France in September 2013.

Salt Water Tears

In god we trust

In god we trust

Old Dhaka-Belonging


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