Shumon Ahmed is a visual artist from Bangladesh and was born in Dhaka in 1976. His love for photography grew enormously when as a teenager he hopelessly tried capturing portraits in black and white with a camera borrowed from a friend. He didn’t know then that photography would not only become his passion but also a way of life, a tool of self expression, and an endeavor to capture the exterior and the interior, the visible and the invisible.
After failing to settle in things he never felt attached to and leaving many things undone, Shumon finally realized his vocation as a photographer – this self awareness changed his life. He joined Pathshala, The South Asian Media Academy, where he successfully did his graduation in photography in 2009. In spring 2008 he had a journey to Denmark on a scholarship to study photojournalism at the preeminent, Danish school of Journalism.
His work has run in various print and online publications, as well as being featured as part of the Asia’s biggest biennial photo festival, Chobi Mela V in 2009 and recently being part of a Land mark exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery and Fotomuseum, Winterthur in,” Where Three dreams cross: 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh”,2010.
He currently lives in Dhaka and aside from teaching photography at Pathshala he works freelance while exploring the fusion between video and photography to vividly tell stories that are profoundly private and communal at the same time.