Munem Wasif

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Munem Wasif
Born(1983-04-11)11 April 1983
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationPhotographer, teacher, writer
Known forDocumentary photography

Munem Wasif (Bengali: মুনেম ওয়াসিফ) (born 11 April 1983) is a photographer from Bangladesh.


Munem Wasif is a documentary photographer in Bangladesh. He has been represented by Agence Vu since 2008,[1] and is now teaching documentary photography at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy.[2]

He was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in 2007. In 2008, he won the City of Perpignan Young Reporter's Award at Visa pour l'image.[3] That year, he also won the International Award for concerned photography, the F25 for under-25's in the Fabrica awards. The following year, he was awarded the Prix Pictet commission for his work on the water crisis of the north-west region of Bangladesh.[4]

His work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Musée de l'Élysée, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, the International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Iran, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan, the Kunsthal Museum and the Noorderlicht festival[5] in the Netherlands, Angkor photo festival in Cambodia, London's Whitechapel Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Visa pour l'image in France, and at Chobi Mela,[6] Bangladesh.

Wasif's photographs have been published in Le Monde 2, the Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian,[7] Politiken, Io Donna, Mare, Du, Days Japan, L'espresso, Libération, Courier International, Photo, British Journal of Photography, LensCulture, Photo District News and Zonezero.[8] Wasif began his career as a feature photographer for The Daily Star newspaper, Bangladesh, after graduating from Pathshala.


  • 2007, Bangladesh Now, group exhibition, Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2007, Tainted Tea, PDFX12 group exhibition, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
  • 2008, Water Tragedy, Prix Pictet, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • 2008, Illegal Immigrants From Myanmar, Angkor Photo festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 2008, Bangladesh Sure le fil, Visa pour L'image, Perpignan, France
  • 2009, Bangladesh Sure le fil, Villa de la region, La Reunion, France
  • 2009, Blood Splinter of Jute, Chobimela V festival of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2009, Blood Splinter of Jute, Nepal Art council, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2009, Salt Water Tears, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2009, Old Dhaka- Belonging, Fotopub festival of photography, Slovenia
  • 2009, Salt Water Tears, Prix Pictet, Mall Gallery, London
  • 2010, Where Three Dreams Cross, Group Exhibition, Whitechappel gallery, London
  • 2010, Old Dhaka- Belonging, Artefoto, festival of photography, Ancona, Italy
  • 2010, Where Three Dreams Cross, Group Exhibition, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 2010, Salt Water Tears- Prix Pictet Laureates, Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2010, In God We Trust, Visa pour L'image, Perpignan, France
  • 2010, Salt Water Tears, Lumix Festival of Photojournalism, Hannover, Germany
  • 2010, Salt Water Tears, Sagamihara, Japan
  • 2010, In God We trust, M55 gallery, Athens
  • 2011, Salt Water Tears, Chobimela VI, International festival of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2011, Old Dhaka-Belonging, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherland
  • 2011, 38 Photographs, Fotoartfestival, Karkow, Poland
  • 2012, Bangladesh Standing on the Edge, La Brassaire, France
  • 2012, Salt Water Tears, Musée du sel, La reunion, France


  • Bangladesh Standing on the Edge. CDP, France 2008, ISBN 978-2351300220
  • Under the Banyan Tree. Pathshala, Bangladesh 2010, ISBN 978-984-33-3444-2
  • Street Photography Now. London: Thames & Hudson, 2010, ISBN 9780500289075
  • Larmes salées /Salty Tears. Images Plurielles, France 2011, ISBN 978-2-919436-01-9

Grants and awards[edit]

  • Sagamihara photo Asian Prize by Sagamihara photo festival, Japan. 2010
  • Prixpictet commission on water, France, 2009
  • City of Perpignan Young Reporter's Award, Visa pour l'Image, France, 2008
  • F25, International Award for concerned photography, Italy, 2008
  • 30 emerging photographers by Photo District News, USA, 2008
  • Young reporter award by Festival du Scoop of Angers, France, 2008
  • Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo, Netherland, 2007


  1. ^ VU, Agence. "Agence VU - Munem Wasif". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  2. ^ "Faculty at Pathshala, South Asian Media Academy, 2012".
  3. ^ City of Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award, 2008. .
  4. ^ Prix Pictet Commission., 2008
  5. ^ "Munem Wasif". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  6. ^ Salt Water Tears in Chobimela, International festival of photography, 2009.
  7. ^ Anam, Tahmima (2009-06-19). "Tahmina Anam on the flooded people of South Bangladesh". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  8. ^ "Tainted Tea :: Munem Wasif". Retrieved 2016-06-30.

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