Andrew Biraj was born in 1982 in Bangladesh. He holds an advanced diploma in photography from Pathshala, the South Asian Institute Media Academy and a BA in photography from the University of Bolton, UK.
Biraj exhibited his long term project BONDED STITCHES & STRUGGLE; TESTIMONY OF LIFE IN BANGLADESH’S GARMENT INDUSTRY, on the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which more than 1,100 factory workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured.The exhibition took place from April 22- May 1, 2014, simultaneously in three different venues including an open-air show near the collapsed building site in Savar, Bangladesh.
His works have also been featured in the exhibitions and screenings worldwide, including Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia, Yangon Photo Festival in Myanmar, the International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Iran, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice, the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and Drik Gallery in Bangladesh.
Biraj was a participant in the 2008 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He has won several awards including Best Portfolio (in 2013) and a second prize (in 2013) in The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest, an Honorable Mention (in 2013) in the National Geographic Photo Contest, a third prize (in 2011) in World Press Photo award, a second prize (in 2013) in Pictures of the Year (POYi), a third prize (in 2010) and a first prize (in 2008) in the National Press Photographers Association of America’s Best of Photojournalism awards; a Gold award (in 2013) a Silver award (in 2011) and a Bronze (in 2007) in the China International Press Photo Contest; the 2010 Award of Excellence in Feature Photography, from the Society of Publishers in Asia and the 2010 South Asian Journalists Association award for an outstanding photograph about South Asia.
Biraj has been published in National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall street Journal, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Observer Magazine, Geo, The Times, Paris Photo, Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, Stern, Vogue Italy, Asian Geo, Hindustan Times and in many other international publications.
Biraj is the co founder and a lifetime member of Counter Foto Photography Department in Bangladesh, which has established in 2012. He self published his first book INSIGHT in 2011. Counter Foto also published his second book BONDED STITCHES & STRUGGLE; TESTIMONY OF LIFE IN BANGLADESH’S GARMENT INDUSTRY (Bengali Version) on April, 2014.