Born in : 1977
Language spoken : Bangla, English, Hindi, Urdu,
Akashâ€™s passion for photography began in 1996. He attended the World Press Photo seminar in Dhaka for 3 years and graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Pathshala, Dhaka. His work has been featured in over 45 major international publications including: Time, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan,and Sunday Telegraph of London.
In 2002 he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Young Reporters Award from the Scope Photo Festival in Paris, again being the first Bangladeshi to receive the honour. In 2005 he was awarded Best of Show at the Center for Fine Art Photographyâ€™s international competition in Colorado, USA. In 2006 he was awarded World Press Photo award and released his first book â€œFirst Lightâ€.
In 2007 again he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the 30 Emerging Photographers (PDN 30) by Photo District News Magazine, USA.
In addition to assignment work, Akash teaches his techniques and approach to “Street Photography” through online photography courses at The Compelling Image.