Ismail Ferdous was born in Dhaka, 1989. He went to East West University to study Business; along the way he started photography. Before ending up as a professional photographer, he found inspiration in work with different important photographers like Ami Vitale and Jonas Bendiksen. He also attended a few workshops like Foundry Photojournalism workshops, Momenta Workshop and Eddie Adams Workshop 2013.
He was awarded Alexia Foundation Awarded of Excellence in 2012 also he has won numerous awards like World Bank Young Artist, WHO award, Commonwealth Gold Award, Save Water, Young Portfolio (Kmopa), InterAction Grand prize and many more. His works were exhibited 25CPW Gallery, World Bank Head office, Powerhouse Museum, Rio de Janerio-UNICEF, Kelowna Art Gallery, Montreal Convention Centre, International de Photography Sant Just Desvern, University of Geneva; Castle in Trippstadt, Indian Habitat Centre, Kiyosato Museum and more other galleries.
His work has appeared in New Yorker Magazine, National Geographic- Germany, Washington Post, Time Magazine Lightbox, New York Times Lens blog, Wall Street Journal, US Today, InterAction Magazine, MIPJ journal, SDN Special Issue on Climate Change, OmVärlden Magazine, Emaho Magazine, and Seattle Times and in few group photography book.
Ismail is a documentary photographer, mostly covers social humanitarian issues. He is presently working as a freelancer, based in Bangladesh and following few long-term stories like climate change, health and garment industry. He traveled many countries in South Asia, Middle East and America. He worked for many different for NGOs, agencies and news organizations like the World Bank, Associated Press, National Geographic, Ocean Conservancy etc.