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September 25, 2013

Laos – A Rural Perspective

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Farming in Laos
Exhibition “Laos – A Rural Perspective” By GMB Akash
Organized by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
September 26 – October 26, 2013

T’Shop Lai Galerie
Vientiane, Laos

Laos Countryside
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Fairly isolated from the rest of the globalized world, the former French Colony presently known officially as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a communist regime ruling since 1975, Laos remains an enigma for many. Famous for being the “Ancient Kingdom of a Million Elephants”, the country offers visitors tranquility, authenticity and fascination with its Buddhist temples, historical sites and warm friendly people.

However, it is recognized by many other countries that this tiny nation with its turbulent history of the last decades is fragile and some indicate that the reality of the well-being of its villagers and farmers is other than what we see as tourists.

Internationally renowned photographer GMB Akash, spent time in this charming tropical but little known nation, photographing the countryside and the people that live and work there. He is now honoring the Laotian people of the countryside in his upcoming photographic exhibition in Vientiane, “Laos – A Rural Perspective” from September 26 – October 26, 2013 organized and supported by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development).

“The beautiful spirits of the people of Laos enchant me enormously. The exhibition will exhibit in six central Vientiane venues at the same time. I wish to bring more positive changes in the life of the rural people of Laos.” – GMB Akash
GMB Akash: the voice, the passion, the talent and the courage

Rural Laotian Smile
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As a multimedia Journalist, GMB Akash has travelled intensively in 22 countries and received more than 70 international awards. His work has been featured in over 80 major, international publications including: National Geographic, Vogue, Time, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Brand Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Hello, and The Sunday Telegraph of London.

Born in Bangladesh, GMB Akash uses his talent, his passion and his camera to communicate through the extraordinary images he takes: those injustices that most people do not want to acknowledge.

“Today, I count myself blessed having become a photographer. To be able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless, to bring their identity to the forefront, gives meaning and purpose to my own life.” – GMB Akash
GMB Akash: More than a photojournalist

GMB Akash
Photo Claudia Höhne
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Unlike many photojournalists, GMB Akash goes much further than simply informing and provoking societies with his extraordinary photographic gift. He takes concrete action to improve the lives of the impoverished and the abused. This is his life mission.

GMB Akash just recently opened the First Light Institute of Photography near Dhaka, a nonprofit photography school for young talented aspiring photographers and includes a support center for street children and a fundraising center to increase the length of education for girls which is currently only to the 9th grade.

The SURVIVORS Photography Book Project

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GMB Akash has now published a second photography book called “Survivors” after his “FirstLight” photography book. The proceeds go to help Bangladeshi child laborers and their families start a small business to support themselves. It is called “Survivors” and he searched for the people in the photographs that he took after publication so that they could be the first ones to be assisted.

GMB Akash has been invited to the upcoming LuganoPhotoDays, an annual festival from October 12-20, 2013. He will be exhibiting his SURVIVORS photographs until October 25 and will be giving a lecture during the event on October 15, 2013.

Exhibition: “Laos – A Rural Perspective” organized by IFAD (International fund for Agricultural Development
GMB Akash
September 26 – October 26, 2013

T’Shop Lai Galerie

Vat Inpeng Street
Ben Haysok
(Chanthaburi Neighborhood)
Vientiane, Laos

856 21 223178

Regular hours: 8.30am-6:00pm Mon-Sat. Exhibition hours and specific venues to be posted

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