1–30 SEP 9AM–8PM

Humans of KL ‘Stories from Malaysia’ Photostory Exhibition



Free admission

About this event:

Humans of Kuala Lumpur (HOKL) photographs the people of KL, documenting the transformation, changes and diversity of our people with portraits that present a personal glimpse of the humans living in KL photo by photo.

They personally believe that everyone – no matter how poor, rich, black, white, yellow, tall, short, beautiful or ugly you are, there is always a story to be told.

HOKL has transformed from being a story telling narrative into a social advocacy platform, recognizing its potential to influence, empower and educate Malaysians on important issues.

The trend first started with Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York, and freelance photographer/photojournalist Mushamir Mustafa started Humans of Kuala Lumpur in 2012.

They are now a formidable and diverse team of 15 unique storytellers in the photography and videography medium, led by a leadership team of experienced individuals of different backgrounds and industries – whose mission is to change, influence, inspire, educate and create change amongst Malaysians – through what we do best, telling stories that touch people’s hearts.


Stories of Malaysia Exhibition

“Stories of Malaysia” features never before exhibited 35 photostories, showing unique, diverse Malaysians of various backgrounds and themes such as Malaysian unity, stories of the past, young cancer survivors, inspiring entrepreneurship and corporate stories, stories of survival, bullying, triumph, success, secrets, hurts and families.

Every weekend, a Meet & Greet session will be held to feature the people who we have interviewed surrounding a specific theme, as well as those from our most viral photostories. This is your chance to meet the people behind your favourite stories, hear their stories live and learn from them!

Workshops on photography and the art of storytelling will be held every weekend, so come to learn from the Humans of KL team of storytellers on how to interview, write stories and capture portrait photography. Join our storytellers on a photohunt and share your stories at our ‘Story Party’.

Sit back and relax with art performances, workshops and handicraft booths. Treat yourself to a Malaysian snack at the food stalls, whilst appreciating the mesmerizing colonial architecture of our venue.

Who Are We?

Humans of Kuala Lumpur (HOKL) is a social media based photojournalism project that photographs and tells the stories of the people of KL and Malaysia. It documents the transformation, changes and diversity of our people with portraits that present a personal, unique, touching, intimate and human glimpse of the humans living in KL and Malaysia, photo by photo.

HOKL has transformed from being a storytelling narrative into a social advocacy platform, recognising its potential to influence, empower and educate Malaysians on important issues.

HOKL has been a finalist for the DIGI WWWOW Awards under the Social Movement/Gathering Category and one of the panel members to consult the former Prime Minister on Malaysia’s Art & Culture scene.

Humans of Kuala Lumpur Team

Mushamir Mustafa founded Humans of Kuala Lumpur in September 2012, as a university student in Nottingham University. Previously, Mushamir was a photojournalist with Malaysian Digest and a stringer (reporter) at BERNAMA.

A TEDx Speaker on ‘How Storytelling Can Change the World’, Mushamir regularly conducts photography and storytelling workshops. His previous photographic work – ‘Faces of Sudan’, was the largest photographic exhibition in Khartoum, Sudan, displaying the diverse views of people, landmarks and unique heritage.

Team of Storytellers

  • Amalina Davis
  • Christine Cheah
  • Annis Saipul
  • Faeez Sabri
  • Irene Yap
  • Kelvin Mah
  • Nafisa Akil
  • Ooi Chia Shen
  • Priya Kulasegaran
  • Samantha Siow
  • Tan Dao Hong
  • Special thanks to our designer Khairul Ridhwan Abd Kadir

Special thanks to our sponsors and collaborators, Kakiseni, Carcosa Sri Negara and Printcious, our Board of Advisors, Low Ngai Yuen, Azman Karib Ibrahim, Zaim Mokhzani, Hari Das, Jeany Amir and Mustaqim Malek.

CSR (Community Outreach Program) Partner

LendLease Foundation
Main Sponsor
Yayasan Hasanah Tulips Movement PTPK Caring Pharmacy A-Day ElleForElle

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