Social Problems and the Human Condition

Moniruzzaman Apon

Moniruzzaman Apon lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apon considers himself a ‘natural’ photographer. Not unlike a documentary photographer, he wants to visualize social problems through his photography. His life’s goal is to see the world and take photos to share with the world.

I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I consider myself a ‘natural’ photographer. Not unlike a documentary photographer, I want to visualize social problems through my photography. I want to see the world, capture what I see and share my images with the world. Moniruzzaman Apon

WSP: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
MA: I think each and every photographer faces problems striving to be a good photographer.

WSP: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
MA: I have always been inspired by Leonardo da Vinci as an artist. Apart from photography, I find Michael Jackson inspiring.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
MA: Yes, I completed a basic photography course through NPC.

WSP: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
MA: I like documentary photography so I am working to compile a documentary.

WSP: How has photography changed you as a person?
MA: Photography has changed me a lot. Slowly I began to realize that to be a good photographer you have to be good human first. This is what I strive for now.

WSP: What are your photography weaknesses?
MA: Light angels are my main weakness, but I am trying to improve this.

WSP: Do you think a photographer must have ‘natural talent’ to become a great photographer?
MA: No, I don’t believe that. I have seen many people who don’t have any knowledge of photography whose skill level is constantly improving. I believe the key to great photography is to love your work.

WSP: Locations and weather conditions seem to be a crucial aspect to a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?
MA: Yes, location and weather is the biggest headache for taking good photographs. I think photographers should be intelligent and should have strong decision-making skills to resolve the unpredictable circumstances.

WSP: How does black and white vs color play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate beasts—or complementary?
MA: Color vs. black and white are different tastes, both worthy of exploration.

WSP: What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?
MA: Street photography is capturing the human condition within public or open spaces.

WSP: What do you think makes a memorable street photograph?
MA: Visualizing social problems through street photography is what makes a street photo memorable for me.

WSP: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
MA: My desire to share my work with viewers at exhibitions, on the web, and through social media.

WSP: Thank you for this interview!

Moniruzzaman Apon at World-Street Photography (click)