Alfaj Hossain is a stone collector living in Banglabazar, two and a half kilometers from Jaflong. He either walks or takes a boat ride from his home to work. Everyday he collects three boat fulls of stones and earn 150 taka ($ 2.17) per boat.

Khaled Hasan

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Biography

Khaled Hasan is a documentary photographer and filmmaker born in Dhaka in 1981. He began working as a photographer in 2001, as a freelancer for several daily newspapers in Bangladesh and for international magazines. He believes in immersion photography, and spends months listening, observing and talking with his subjects over the course of a project.

At a young age he realized that photography is not just a camera play but a play of life with light and darkness. He chose to take this path to experience culture and life to its fullest. Photography has become part of his identity—a force that makes him think, feel and understand human beings and the human condition.

His works have been published in major international magazines and newspapers in the world including the New York Times, the Sunday Times Magazine, American Photo, National Geographic Society, Better Photography, Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent and The New Internationalist.

Hasan’s documentary project ‘Living Stone’ has won numerous international awards including the 2008 All Roads Photography Contest of National Geographic Society; the 2009 Grand Prix “Europe and Asia – Dialogue of Cultures” International Photography Contest organized by Museum of Photography, Russia; 2009 Mark Grosset Documentary Prize, France; and UNESCO’s Humanity Photo Documentary Award, China.

As an indigenous photographer, he tells narratives of the land that shaped him. Documenting stories about its people and their interaction with nature, healing and surviving from times of distress, fighting for rights, toiling for food, standing against injustice are the primary issues he features in his works. For Khaled, a story never ends; but continues to develop, fades or becomes part of history but may still be documented through photography. This is why he believes that it is highly important to crystallize changes in life, especially the ones that transcend times.

For Khaled, being a photojournalist is not only being a very good photographer but also a socially responsible person. He constantly finds fulfillment whenever his works benefit his community and the greater good. His involvement with the National Geographic Society, Inter-Press Service and other non-for-profit organizations in documenting cultural concerns show this passion of his.

His other awards include 2009 CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year; 2009 View Book Photo Story Documentary Jury Prize, Netherlands; Alexia Foundation Student Award (Award of Excellence); 2009 CDP Emerging Documentist Award, Australia; 6th Days Japan Photojournalism Awards; Finalist of Emerging Vision Incentive in Picture of the Year International, 2010; Golden Medal Award TashkentAle-2010, Uzbekistan; Emerging Photographer in Contemporary World by Nikon Asia, 2011; Audience Choice Award in 2011Women’s Voices from Muslim World Film Festival; Honorable Mention in Professional Category of Photo Philanthropy First Activist Award, 2009. His works have been published and exhibited worldwide in London, Mexico, Russia, Syria, France, Uzbekistan, Canada, USA and China. Today, Khaled serves as an artist at a residency program in Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh.


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