Gazi Nafis Ahmed is a photographer in the artist scene. He was born in November 1982 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ahmed comes from the renowned Gazi family, who were one of the Baro Bhuyan (Twelve Zaminders of Bengal) in sixteenth century, from the Bhawal Estate now known as Gazipur in Bangladesh.
From 2012 to 2014, he was a member of the mentor program at VII Photo Agency, working with his mentor John Stanmeyer.
Nafis did his schooling from Bangladesh International Tutorial, a prominent private schools in Bangladesh. He studied art and design at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design of London Guildhall University in London and photography at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark. Nafis was awarded full scholarship by the prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid to do Masters of Fine Arts in photography.
Gazi Nafis Ahmed was awarded at the international Pride Photo Award 2015 held at the historic Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (“old church”) in Amsterdam. There were 3,800 entries from 60 countries around the world. Pride Photo Award is considered to be the most prestigious contest for photography about gender diversity. Nafis won in “Stories of Love and Pride” category for his series “Inner Face”. In 2013, Nafis received the Blub Award from Format International Photography Festival in the United Kingdom. He is the youngest Bangladeshi artist to have a solo show at the esteemed Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. Gazi Nafis Ahmed participated at the Mining Warm Data exhibition produced by Yale University Law School’s Schell Center for Human Rights, and Creative Time Reports. It was curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, artistic director of DAS. In 2014, artworks by Nafis were featured in the landmark show B/Desh in Dhaka Art Summit, the largest platform for South Asian art, curated by Deepak Ananth. His work has been exhibited in UK, Spain, Netherlands, China, India and Bangladesh. Some of the organizations he has worked with are International Finance Corporation of World Bank Group, Medicins Sans Frontieres, UNAIDS, UNDP, WFP, Save The Children. His photos have graced the pages of The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Guardian, among others.
In 2013, Nafis organized the first ever photography forum for the pioneer photographers of Bangladesh called “Evolution of Photography” at the Edward M Kennedy Center in Dhaka, which gave them a platform to share their experiences and discuss untold rich history of photography in the country.
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- “Innate Identities”. The Daily Star.
- “Nafis wins Pride Photo Awards”. The Daily Star.
- “Photos: ‘Made in Bangladesh’ Takes Behind-the-Scenes Look at Garment Workers”. Asia Society.
- “Cauldron of creativity: exploring artists’ relationship between spaces and memories”. Deccan Chronicle.
- “Mining Warm Data”. Dhaka Art Summit.
- Homa Khaleeli. “Inside Bangladesh’s garment factories: life and work in a dangerous industry”. the Guardian.
- “What They Were Thinking”. The New York Times Magazine.
- “Blog Snacks – Jeff Gantner – Writer”. jeffgantnerwriter.com.
- “The garment factories of Bangladesh by Gazi Nafis Ahmed”.Tasveer Journal.
- Sean O’Hagan. “Passion and persecution:photographing Bangladesh’s outcasts”. The Guardian.
- Harshini Vakkalanka. “Body of evidence”. The Hindu.
- “Interview: Photographer Sheds Light on ‘Inner Face’ of Bangladesh’s Gay Community”. Asia Society.
- “A Rare, Intimate Glimpse Into Bangladesh’s LGBTQ Community Through Gazi Nafis Ahmed’s Lens”. Homegrown.
- “Happy as we are’: Bangladesh’s hidden LGBT community – in pictures”. The Guardian.
- Shahana Yasmin. “This Photo Series Takes Us into the Gritty Life of Bangladesh’s LGBT Community”. Vagabomb.
- “INNATE IDENTITIES : Lives of hermaphrodites captured through lens”. newagebd.net.
- “South Asia in focus: 5 curated shows at Dhaka Art Summit 2014”.artradarjournal.com.
- Bibi van der Zee. “I want to help the LGBT community in Bangladesh make their voices heard”. The Guardian.
- Eva Fernández del Campo. “GAZI NAFIS AHMED: El Bosque Y Sus Pobres Hadas”. El Estado Mental.