Abir Abdullah was born in 1971 in Mongla Port, Bangladesh. He holds a Masters in Marketing from Dhaka University and is currently a photojournalist with the European Press Photo Agency (EPA) in Bagladesh. He is also a photography tutor at ‘Pathshala’-South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka where he has conducted and coordinated many photographic workshops.
Whilst working as a freelance photographer, Abir undertook several photography workshops and courses before completing his Diploma in Photojournalism from Pathshala in 1999. He is experiences in portraits, corporate works, photojournalism and documentary photography. He also completed a 3-year long seminar (Pleasure of Life) assigned and supported by World Press Photo Foundation-Netherlands.
Group exhibitions have included Reflections: Water and Life in Bangladesh at The Association of Photographers Gallery in London, 1999; Pleasure of Life at Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, 2001; Photographs by the 2001 Mother Jones award recipients in The Friends of Photography at the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco, USA, 2001 and the 4a Bienal of Photojournalism at the "Centro de la Imagen" in Mexico City in 2001.
Abir Abdullah’s Noteworthy Photographic Achievements:
- Nomination photo award from humanity photo award in China-1999.
- Highly recommended photo award from Commonwealth photo contest in 1999 and 2000.
- First solo exhibition on War veterans of Bangladesh at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Dhaka in 2000.
- Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo Foundation in 2001.
- Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Awards for ‘ Freedom Fighters: Veterans of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971’ works in 2001.
- Overall winner Phaidon 55 Photography competition in 2001.
- Ist prize from WHO photo contest in Switzerland, 2002.
- Third place in the Gordon Parks photo contest in USA in 2002.
- 2nd prize, Unicef Photographer of the year contest 2004, Germany.
- 3rd Prize in the Magazine News category in the Best of Photojournalism Contest from USA 2005.
- 1st Prize in the SAJA ( South Asian Journalists association) Photo Award 2005.
- Nomination award in the National Geographic All Roads Photography project in 2005.
Abir Abdullah has been widely published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. These include the NewYork Times, Asiaweek, Himal (South Asian Fortnightly), Geo-France, New Internationlist, Der Spiege,. BLINK- a contemporary photography book on 100 photographers worldwide- Phaidon Press, UK, The Guardian-UK and the Chicago Tribune.