PHOTOJOURNALIST AHMAD YUSNI’S career in photography began when he attended a course in black and white studio photography at a government youth training centre in Kuala
Kubu Bharu back in 1989. His early years as a freelancer proved to be quite a struggle, hence he decided to join The Sun. There he began learning about photojournalism and soon joined Agence-France Presse (AFP) as a stringer.
Shortly after he was hired as the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)’s chief photographer for Malaysia, where he set up the photo operations in Malaysia. During his career, he has captured numerous moments in history, including the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2010 Thailand anti-government unrest organized by “Red-Shirt” demonstrators, the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17 tragedies.
Now, he is an independent freelance photographer who covers news events while also pursuing personal projects.
with the city.
What do you hope people will see through your pictures?
I hope they see a whole new Malaysia, minus the millions of people and cars that are usually there.
Has the MCO changed your perspective about photography ?
There are lots of changes because you can’t get too close due to the social distancing rule. The famous adage by famous photographer Robert Capa, “if your photo is not good enough, you’re not close enough” needs to be redefined... haha.
What is your philosophy of photography ?
My philosophy is to tell the truth in the most interesting manner.
How do you feel when you look at your work altogether?
Of course, good work makes me feel good but I will always strive for better work.