Photo: Vignes Balasingam © 2010

Budi N.D. Dharmawan is an Indonesian documentary photographer, with interest in social, humanitarian, and cultural issues.

Budi was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he still lives today. He started to learn photography during his high school years, and continued to learn more while studying communications in college. He once contributed as a stringer for The Associated Press, also for Reuters News Pictures. Since then, he has contributed to numerous national and foreign publications as a photographer as well as a writer.

In 2009, Budi was shortlisted to participate in the prestigious Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with Philip Blenkinsop as his mentor.

In 2011, Budi was selected to participate in a masterclass in Bangkok, Thailand, with Giulio di Sturco as his teacher.

In 2012, Budi participated in colonial photography workshop, held in conjuction with the exhibition “Sweet Sour Story of Sugar”, a project by Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, mentored by photo historian Alex Supartono.

In 2010, Budi with seven other young photographers founded Cephas Photo Forum, a photography presentation and discussion platform in Yogyakarta. Since the foundation, it has presented talks by local and international photographers to local audience. The forum is now dormant due to personal activities of the founding members. Budi is also a co-founder of Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, a community-based free photography school founded in 2009. He is no longer involved in the organisation.

Budi is a member of Pewarta Foto Indonesia (Indonesia Photojournalists Association) since 2009, also one of the founders and a regional partner of Masyarakat Fotografi Indonesia (Indonesia Photographic Society) since 2014. Other than a photographer, Budi is also a writer, curator, editor, and educator.

Budi has been actively involved in Yogyakarta’s and Indonesia’s arts and cultural scenes. In the past, he has worked with Festival Film Dokumenter, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta, Ngayogjazz, Biennale Jogja, and Jogja Art Weeks, among others. He was a guest speaker at Bandung Photo Showcase in 2015 and is mentioned in the Indonesia chapter of the book Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey by Zhuang Wubin, published in 2016.



  • National Geographic Indonesia
  • National Geographic Traveler Indonesia
  • Exposure Magazine
  • Tamasya Magazine
  • Sarasvati Magazine
  • Enorm Magazine (Germany)
  • B-Side tablet magazine (Malaysia)
  • Bulletin Magazine – Credit Suisse (Switzerland)
  • Stern Viva! (Germany)
  • Fikrun wa Fann / Art and Thought – Goethe Institut (Germany)
  • Le Monde newspaper (France)
  • Tiger Tales – TigerAir inflight magazine (Singapore)
  • Credo Magazine (Liechtenstein)
  • Saldo Magazine (Switzerland)
  • DestinAsian Indonesia

Books (contributing photographer):

  • Yogyakarta Kota Bergaya / Yogyakarta City In Style (2009), published by Yogyakarta Arts Festival XX 2008
  • Pasanggrahan Parangtritis 1933–2011 (2011), published by Bentara Budaya / Kompas Gramedia
  • Hidup Bersama Merapi (2014), published by Balai Penyelidikan dan Pengembangan Teknologi Kebencanaan Geologi


  • 2013 – Selected to be part of “No Strangers” slideshow night at Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Exhibitions (group):

  • 2017 – “Dena Upakara” in Membongkar Bingkai — Membuka Sekat – PKKH Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2017 – “By the River of Love” in Fisipol Art Days – Fisipol Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 – “By the River of Love” in Riverscapes IN FLUX – Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 – “Eye to Eye” miniexhibition with Kurniadi Widodo – Lir Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2012 – “By the River of Love” in Riverscapes IN FLUX – g23 Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2012 – “By the River of Love” in Riverscapes IN FLUX – Cactus Contemporary Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2012 – “By the River of Love” in Riverscapes IN FLUX organized by Goethe-Institut Hanoi – National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2011 – “The Living Room” series in Beyond Photography – Ciputra Artpreneur Center, Ciputra Marketing Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2011 – “Staged Life” presented as part of PROJECT|PRESENTATION program in ART|JOG|11, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2011 – “Staats’belang, Setabelan, Stabelan” – Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2011 – “Pesanggrahan Parangtritis” – Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2010 – “Green Gold” – Mois de la Photo, Centre Culturel Française Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2010 – “Eight Yearly Garebeg” – Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2010 – “Borobudur” – National Geographic Indonesia, FX Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2009 – “Urban Attack!” – Vredeburg Fort Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2007 – “Faces of Jogja” – Asian Pacific University, Beppu, Japan
  • 2007 – “Thirteen Years Later” – Vredeburg Fort Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2006 – “Eyes of Jogja” – Asian Pacific University, Beppu, Japan



  • 2015 – “Stories Left Untold” [EN] [ID] – Exhibition by Nora Schreidler and Rangga Purbaya at Indonesia Contemporary Art Network gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2014 – “Nandur Srawung” (photography section) – Group exhibition at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 – “Feels Like Home” [EN] [ID] – Group exhibition at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Photography workshops:

  • 2018 – Assistant, photo story workshop with John Stanmeyer and Linda Bournane Engelberth in Yogyakarta
  • 2017 – Assisting mentor, photo story workshop with Christophe Loviny in Yogyakarta (Institut Français Indonesia)
  • 2016 – Assisting mentor, photo story workshop with Christophe Loviny in Yogyakarta (Institut Français Indonesia)
  • 2015 – Assisting mentor, “Coming to Terms with the Past” photo workshop with Nora Schreidler in conjunction with photo exhibition “Stories Left Untold” at ICAN Yogyakarta (Goethe-Institut Indonesia)
  • 2012 – Assisting mentor, “Who Am I?” photo workshop with Wolfgang Bellwinkel in conjunction with photo exhibition “Foreign/Familiar” at Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta
  • 2010 – Mentor, Bali International Documentary Photo Workshop in Bali, Indonesia