AugustMan (Malaysia)



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.

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