” Today, I count myself blessed, having become a photographer. To be able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless, to bring their identity to the forefront, gives meaning and purpose to my own life ” – Gmb Akash
Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life.
I have received more than 68 international awards and my work has been featured in over 70 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, and Sunday 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.
2006: Exhibition/Book Launch: “First Light” at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Dhaka,
2007: Exhibition “Living on the Edge of Society”; the gallery Kunstraum. Potsdam,
2007: Exhibition “Made in Bangladesh” in the regional court building, Baden Baden. In
collaboration with the Justice Ministry, Germany.
2007: Exhibition in the Press House of the Government. Berlin, Germany.
2007: Exhibition “Made in Bangladesh” in the gallery of “Anti war House” in
2007: Exhibition “Living on the Fringe” at the Der Spigel magazine gallery. Hamburg,
2007: Exhibitions “The Children from the Edge of the World” at the Hanes-office.
2007: Exhibition “The people from the edge of the world” at the Town Hall Gallery.
2007: Exhibition “Dhaka- Hamburg” at the Town Hall Gallery. Hamburg, Germany.
2007: Exhibition “My Country, My People” at the Evangelische Stadtkirche Offenburg
organized by Evangelische Stadtkirchengemeinde, Pfarrer Peter Scherhans. Offenburg,
2009: Exhibition at the Charleston Center for Photography in South Carolina, USA.
2009: Exhibition “The voice of the true survivors” at the at HAT’s photo art gallery in
2009: Exhibition “Survivors” at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.Bangladesh
2010: Exhibition “Soulscapes” at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2010: Exhibition “Soulscapes” at Alliance Francaise de Chittagong, Bangladesh
2010: “Survivors”, an exhibition runs at the Galleria di Porta Pepice in Matera, southern
Italy, from 14th September to 31st December 2010.
2010: “Born to Work” exhibited at the Images 2010 festival in Vevey, on the shores of
Lake Geneva, from 4th to 26th September 2010.
2011: Solo exhibition “Survivors” at the Portuguese center of Photography, Porto,
2011-2012: Solo exhibition “Soulscapes” at Anastasia Photo Gallery In New York
2012: Exhibition in France at Gallery: HELIO SERVICE – HYPER PLEIN CIEL 16 bis,
rue Alfred Kastler – BP 331 76 136 Mont Saint Aignan
2012: “Soulscapes” – Solo exibition in Switzerland at Art-Buvette, Rue Pierre-Aeby 31 -