Munem Wasif is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was born in 1983. Having graduated from Pathshala - South Asian Institute of Photography, Wasif started off on his career as staff photographer for the Daily Star, a leading daily of Bangladesh. Now he works in DrikNEWS (International news photo agency) as a staff photographer.
Wasif’s prime arena of interest revolves around political documentaries. Among, his ongoing projects, ‘Old Dhaka’, ‘Tea garden workers’ and ‘Violence against women’ are worth mentioning.
Through his photography, Wasif wants to depict social dilemma and societal conflict to enable civic discourse. He feels that people need photography to help them understand what's going on in the world, and believes that pictures can have a great influence on shaping public opinion and mobilizing protest.
Munem Wasif’s Noteworthy Photographic Achievements:
•His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Himal Southasian, Politeken, Asian Geographic, Issue magazine, Daily star & Daily Shomokal.
•His work has been exhibited in India and Bangladesh.
•With his ‘Tea Garden’ work, he won bronze in the daily life category in the China international press photo contest. and first prize in the Polish press photo contest.
•He has been selected for the prestigious 14th Annual WORLD PRESS Photo Joop Swart Mastercalss Grant 2007.
•Wasif has also won two bronze prizes in The 3rd China International Press Photo Contest 2007 and 1st Prize in Contemporary Issues in Polish Press Photo Contest 2007.