Jahid Apu

Bangladesh | B. 1997

Jahid Apu likes to leave Dhaka (Bangladesh), where he lives, and set out to discover the “essence of life”. Freelance photographer, self-taught, he is passionate about exploring and studying different human experiences, witnessing cultural diversity and documenting its manifestations of color. “The Red Queen”, the photograph that won him the Public Award at the 1st IN COLORS PROJECT, shows that he knows how to reach his destination.
If there is any way to establish a bridge between photography and programming, the author's background, it will be through metaphor – Jahid Apu is attentive to the infinite codes of life, the most complex system. This attention and the talent, with which he has earned distinctions, allow him to assume what he wishes: to share with us, through photography, what he can see and experience.

Photo by Jahid Apu



You are young. As a photographer, what are your goals?

There are many possible answers... But my goal is to get people to see what I see. It is as simple as that. And yet so desperately tricky. What I seek is to provide a creative perspective of my work that makes the viewer get lost in the photograph and in thoughts. I do not take pride in work that someone looks at and says, “wow, pretty picture...” and moves on. For me, success is achieved when I catch the person off guard, drawing emotions, or when someone comes to me to tell me what the photograph brings to mind. If someone can look at one of my photographs and know what it is, how I felt about it, or even feel the same way, then I have achieved success.

How did this passion for photography begin?

When I started seeing things. Not just looking, but seeing. And when I started seeing things, I started loving what I saw. So, I wanted to represent them and preserve them less fleetingly.

You studied computer science. Do you work in this field or are you dedicated to photography?

I am a programmer who loves photography too. But I think I'd rather follow my passion and become a professional photographer.


Public Award, In Colors Project – REACT! by Lumicroma, Portugal
Grand Prix Photo de Saint Tropez, France
Sustainable Development Goals Photo Award, Bangladesh

Gump International Photo Contest, Hong kong
World Photography Awards, North America
SPIE International photo contest, USA
UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International photo contest, France
In Colors Project – REACT! by Lumicroma, Portugal

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