Jun 12024

The Intent vs. Effect: Artist Talk with Ismail Ferdous

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Ismail Ferdous

Ismail Ferdous

Discover The Intent vs. The Effect with Ismail Ferdous, a discussion that takes an inquiry into how an artist shapes a project to convey their story vs. how an audience then perceives the work once it is released to the world.

Speakers: Ismail Ferdous

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Presented by:

  • Leica Camera

As an artist you create a project to convey a story or a certain feeling, but once you release it to the world the interpretation is now partially in the hands of the audience. Join this discussion with Ismail Ferdous to discover more about how he shapes the story of his work and the intent behind it alongside a group of panelists who share their perspectives on Ismail’s work and the effect that it had on them as an audience.

Speaker Bios

  • Ismail Ferdous

    Ismail Ferdous (b. 1989), is a Bangladeshi photographer based in New York City. He is a member of Agence VU’ in Paris and a faculty member at ICP in New York. Raised in Dhaka, Ferdous is a self-taught photographer who cultivated his passion for photography while attending business school. He is deeply interested in human interest stories that resonate with the nuances of the contemporary world.

    Some of his most influential works include a multidisciplinary project that addresses the devastating effects of the “fast fashion” industry on Bangladeshi workers through his documentary photos and films. His extensive work on migrations and refugees, spanning four continents, weaves narratives from Syria, Ukraine, Mexico, France, and Bangladesh. His work has also focused on the topic of race and diversity through the stories of South Asians and a portrait essay on immigrants working in the meat industry in the US.

    Ferdous has participated in over 30 exhibitions at esteemed galleries, festivals, and museums, including Les Rencontres d’Arles. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Geo, National Geographic, and M Le magazine du Monde, among others. Ismail has received numerous awards for his work, including the World Press Photo Award, Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2023, POYi, and the Getty Instagram Grant.


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