Ismail Ferdous

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Born (1989-01-02) January 2, 1989 (age 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materEast West University in Bangladesh

Ismail Ferdous (born January 2, 1989) is a Bangladeshi photographer currently living in New York City, United States. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary photography. Most notably, he has been a National Geographic photographer.[1]

Background and Career

Ismail Ferdous was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989.[2] His parents expected him to follow family tradition and become a banker, so he studied business and marketing at East West University in Bangladesh. However, after seeing a photography exhibit by the photography club at his university in 2009, he decided to save up money for a camera and pursue photography as a hobby.[2] By the time he graduated college, he decided to pursue photography professionally despite the wishes of his family and cultural expectations.[2] He continued to live in Dhaka as a photographer, where he documented the effects of global warming, workers' rights issues and HIV/AIDS on local communities.[3] Eventually, he began traveling to and documenting similar issues worldwide, and he eventually moved to New York City.[4]

His first ever publication was in The New Yorker, and since then, he has worked for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, MSNBC Photo, Al Jazeera America, BBC Media Action, United Nations Development Programme, Associated Press, Showtime (TV network), the World Bank, Oxfam, and Ocean Conservancy.[4]

He is currently a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Gero Germany, Le Monde, Stern (magazine), The Washington Post, MSNBC Photo, BBC Media Action, Al Jazeera America, Redux Pictures, and ABC Australia.[4]


  1. "Ismail Ferdous". National Geographic. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "‎Foreign Correspondence: Ismail Ferdous - New York - National Geographic on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. "Ismail Ferdous". National Geographic. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ferdous, Ismail. "About Ismail". Ismail Ferdous Photography. Retrieved August 21, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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