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Besnik Hasanaj is an audiovisual specialist with an international reputation in the fields of photography and film. He combines professional excellence with artistic creativity, seeking to be renewing and unique in his photo- and videographic work. He has exhibited and published his work in various countries.
Photojournalism and documentary have been a strong element during his formative years, but today his artistic talents have made him into an intruiging photographer that sets out to draw the audience’s attention to the surrealistic images he captures and displays, provoking questions to be asked, curiosity. He asks questions to the audience, invites them to interact, and explores interdisciplinary art by combining his photography and film skills with other artforms such as dance and theatre, making his exhibitions a joy to explore.

Besnik Hasanaj, originally from Kosovo (former Yugoslavia), started his career at an early age, successfully participating and representing Kosovo in national-level (Yugoslavia) school video competitions as a teenager, and afterwards documenting human rights violations that occurred in the province throughout the 1980s and 1990s, sending a strong message to the world.
During the 1990s his refuge in Germany gave him the opportunity to develop his creative and artistic talents, exploring and experimenting in particularly with photography. After the 1999 war in Kosovo, he switched to digital photography that enabled him to develop his expertise rapidly. He currently works as a freelance photographer and filmmaker/editor, working for a variety of clients (public institutions, non-profit sector, private enterprises, private persons) in the Netherlands and abroad.

2008 Conflict Journalism (2) Deutsche Welle Academy KOSOVO
2008 Conflict Journalism (1) Deutsche Welle Academy KOSOVO
2006 Master course Documentary KIJAC KOSOVO
2006 Photo Journalism Ziyah Gafiq MACEDONIA
2002 Photo Journalism North Photo/Mark Milstein KOSOVO
2002 Conflict Journalism Nanssen Institute NORWAY
2002 Photo Journalism REUTERS KOSOVO
1995 IT (not completed) University of Pristina KOSOVO
1983-1989 Photo Courses Gymnasium KOSOVO
1983-1989 Photo & Video Fotokino A. Shabani KOSOVO

2011 Fokus-Al, Albania (ongoing contest)
2011 AUK Prishtina Culturak Heritage
2009 Flaka e Janarit Gjilan KOSOVO
2008 Fokus-Al, Albania (selected for exhibition)


2008 November Prize 2008 Skopje / Gostivar FYR MACEDONIA
2008 Fokus-Al Int. Photo Contest Fier ALBANIA
2008 Gjon Milli Photo Contest – November Gallery, Pristina KOSOVO
2008 Picture.com Photo Contest – Finalist USA
2007 Salloni iNentorit – Shoqatat e arteve figurative dhe aplikative KOSOVO

2011 Living with Water, Netherlands Water Museum
2008 Amaro Drom Roma Mahala, Mitrovica KOSOVO
About the journey of Mitrovicas RAE IDPs
2008 Personal Photo exhibition Korçë ALBANIA
Selected works, personal exhibition
2007 ˜KFOR and humanitarianism Mitrovica KOSOVO
2006 Foto & Film Mitrovica Mitrovica KOSOVO
2005 Art&Media Mitrovica KOSOVO
2004 Art&Media Mitrovica KOSOVO
2003-2007 Shoqata e Artisteve Figurativ Mitrovica KOSOVO collective exhibition

Director, cameraman and editor:
2011 Living with water, Director & editing, for
BMB Mot macdonald
2009 ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration,Transrural Trust Kosova
2008 Documentary Valdete in Action
2006 Documentary Rruga ime (my way)- director, cameraman
2006 Documentary Preparing the return of Serbian IDPs to Runik
2005 Documentary -When will my daddy come back

2005 Documentary Preparing the return of Roma in Mitrovica
2001 Video-film Capkenet
directed by Adem Zhitopotoku (mini DV)
2000 New Year Show 2000, made by RTK- National TV in Kosova, in same time I
was Steady Cam Assistant
1999 Show Best Model of Kosova- Prishtina (BETA SP)
1999 Show Personality of the Century, Prishtina (BETA SP)
1998 Reportage on protest of Albanians in Bonn, Germany, edited in Albanian National Television-RTSH (Beta SP).
1991 Cameraman in the feature length- film Kosove, shiko dhe ndegjo (Kosova, take a look and listen- directed by Sejdi Zeka

2005 -2008 M-Magazine: various cover photos and photos for articles
2006 Vrij Nederland Magazine (vol.20), cover photo (Netherlands)
1999 -present Various national newspapers (including Rilindja, Bota Sot, Zeri, etc.) featured my photographs

Besnik Hasanaj 's current location:
Didam , Netherlands

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