DIRGAHAYU - Photography exhibition by Rahman Roslan, Hasnoor Hussain and Ahmad Yusni
According to Kamus Pelajar 2nd Edition from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, the word "Dirgahayu" means (mudah-mudahan) dilanjutkan usia; dipanjangkan umur . For this exhibition, three photographers were chosen to produce a body of work that embodies the spirit of "Dirgahayu". The photographers are allowed such freedom to bring their own meaning and interpretation while being guided by the curator.
Rahman is based in Kuala Lumpur and his major interests are social and humanity photography. His work possesses sensitive and cognitive styles. He is one of a few young and emerging Asian photographers who has been chosen to attend the prestigious workshops at the Angkor Photography Festival . His work has been published extensively, including in Reuters, Agence France Press, European Pressphoto Agency, TIME magazine, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Ojodepez, The National UAE, Sutra Magazine, The New Internationalist, Berita Harian Singapore and Strait Times Singapore. In his personal capacity , he is currently investigating the relationships between Islam and its impact on cultures around South East Asia .
With more than 15 years of work experience as a photojournalist in Malaysia, Ahmad Yusni began his career in 1997 as a photographer for local daily The Sun, before joining Agence-France Presse (AFP) in 2001 as a stringer for Kuala Lumpur desk. In 2003 Yusni was hired as European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)'s chief photographer for Malaysia, in charge of setting up photo operations in the country following EPA's departure from their partnership with AFP. After 11 years of service with the agency, Ahmad Yusni is now an independent freelance photographer. Adept at breaking news and unrest, Yusni is also no stranger to humanitarian and social photo features, documentary, politics and government, sports photography, and commercial work. Highlights of his career include coverage of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2010 Thailand anti-government unrest organized by "Red-Shirt" demonstrators, and the 2014 aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17 twin tragedies.
Yusni's sports photography experience include the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Football in South Africa, and he is a veteran of the FIA Formula One and Moto Grand Prix, with 11 and 13 consecutive years coverage of the two respective motorsports events. Ahmad Yusni's work has been published extensively in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune/International New York Times, USA Today, Stern, Der Spiegel, El Pais, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, The Nation, Bangkok Post, NBC News, The Telegraph, Jakarta Globe, The Star, Time, and many other international and regional publications.
Hasnoor is an emerging photojournalist who resides in Penang, covering Malaysia. Hasnoor was part of the influential photography department of The Malaysian Insider news portal, which has been forced to shut its business recently. He is now pursuing local stories that matters to his heart.
The exhibition will be at Whitebox @ MAPKL, Publika from 19-21st August, 10am-8pm. Free Entry.