Who is Nabil Rosman?


A man of few words, Ahmad Nabil Imran prefers to let his photography do the talking.

Even his Instagram profile describes him as “a boy of few words”.

“I am that the type of person who does talk much, especially to strangers. I love to be alone.”

Taking photos allows him to have the best of both worlds, though. His shyness is quickly forgotten when he communicates with the object of his photos and after that is done, post processing the negatives in the dark room allows him time to be by himself.

“But the vital part in photography as I get to tell a story to people, a story from my very own perspective,” he says.

Nabil prefers to shoot exclusively in black and white. “Black and white has always been my favourite colour, ever since my first camera. To me, black and white is not just black and white, it holds more meaning than that. It’s a colour of mystery, dramatic and passion,” he explains.

His passion has yielded handsome dividends. Still only 18, the Kota Bharu-born shot to fame when he was named as one of the 11 winners of the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018, the most prestigious photography competition in the world. He won in the Project//21 category.

This was not as easy as only 11 winners were picked from more than 31,500 entries from around the world. For his efforts, Nabil will wear the accolade “Hasselblad Master” and for two years, named a brand ambassador for Hasselblad. Lastly, he will receive a brand new medium format camera at a special Photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne, Germany in September this year.

Nabil will also be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad, together with the 10 other winners and their photos will be published in a “Hasselblad Masters” book.

Typically modest, Nabil downplayed the significance of winning such a prestigious award.

“I was editing my photos and suddenly this thought came to my mind, – what am I going to do with all these photos? So I started searching for available competitions, and came across this (Hasselblad) competition in 2017. I barely knew about this competition as Hasselblad is not a camera within my budget. But after reading all the conditions of entry, I decided to give it a shot.”

The rest as they say is history.

Now for the first time ever, Nabil will be displaying his repertoire to a wider audience during the DiverseCity KL International Arts Festival.


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