Eid ul-Fitr mubarak


To all Muslim friends wherever you are: Eid ul-Fitr mubarak!
May us all be blessed, and may peace be upon us. ∎


In an ancient Indonesian city, art is abundant—and inclusive (essay and photos), Zócalo Public Square website, Jun 2017

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Photo story contest


I will be jurying a photo story contest for students, organised by students of Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta. This event is their first, but I’m looking forward to seeing great works submitted to the contest. Submissions are open until 30 May 2017.
(UPDATE: Deadline has been extended until 7 June 2017).

More information here: http://ruanggelapumby.com. ∎

“Menggagas Konten Media Komunitas” discussion at Combine Resource Institution

2017-05 - BUDI Menggagas Konten Media Komunitas - COMBINE

I am invited to participate in a discussion on diversifying the content of community-based media by Combine Resource Institution on 23 May 2017 at Combine’s office in Bantul, Yogyakarta. In the discussion, I will share a little bit about photo stories in community-based media. The discussion is free of charge and open for public. ∎

“Kisah Mata” book discussion and photography coaching clinic


The book “Kisah Mata” by Seno Gumira Ajidarma has recently been reissued with minor revision and addition. The publisher is holding a book discussion and photography coaching clinic to mark the occasion. The author will be present along with Kris Budiman and me. The book discusses about photography and meaning in philosophical discourse, and was originally written as a master’s thesis by the author, who is now the Rector of Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ). Kris Budiman will comment on the discourse as an image reader, while I will add another perspective as an image maker. The event will take place on 9 March 2017 at Auditorium Institut Français Indonesie (IFI) Yogyakarta.

More info here.



UPDATE: A documentation photo of the event from Galang Press. ∎

Photojournalism workshop at Universitas Gadjah Mada


I will share my experience on photojournalism and photo stories in this workshop, organised by Clapeyron student press publishing of Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta. Also speaking in this workshop is photojournalist Taufan Wijaya.

More information here. ∎

Yani and Suryadi pre-wedding photos and wedding snapshots

My younger brother Suryadi has just got married. He is the third son, yet the first to get married. He married his schoolmate from junior high school Yani—they have known each other since then but only started seeing each other since school reunion three years ago. They both work in Jakarta, but both families are in Yogyakarta, our houses are not very far from each other. Our parents’ history helped bring our families together: Yani’s father and our mother were schoolmates back in Kutoarjo, C. Java.

The couple asked me to take additional casual pre-wedding photos of them last month, 26 January 2017. I also decided to take more additional casual photos when they tied the knot last weekend, 18 February 2017. Congratulations, brother! May you two live happily ever after. God bless!


Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan © 2017 ∎