11 October 2012

About Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick (b. 1986, Bangladesh) makes work that explores the possibilities of time, light and sound. His portraits, landscapes and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and national histories. His approach incorporates detail observations and subtle gestures to enter into the personal spaces, often minimal and atmospheric.

Protick was named in British Journal of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’ and PDN’s 30 emerging photographers of the year. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo award, Australian Photobook of the Year grand prize. His work has been shown in museums, galleries and photo festivals including, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Singapore Art Week, Dhaka Art Summit, Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Noor der licht etc.

Protick is a faculty member at Pathshala-South Asian Media Institute and currently represented by East Wing Gallery.


2018 4A Centre for contemporary Asia Art. Sydney, Australia.
2018 Triennial of Photography Hamburg
2018 Esplanade Visual Arts Center, Singapore Art Week
2017 Paris Photo, Solo show, East Wing Gallery
2017 Chobi Mela Photo Festival IX, Bangladesh
2016 Solo – ‘What Remains’ at Latvina Museum of Photography
2016 Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea
2016 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2016 Gibellina Photoroad, Sicily, Italy
2016 Art Dubai, Eat Wing, Dubai
2015 Photo Quai Biannual, Paris, France
2015 Encontros da Imagem, Burga, Portugal
2015 Delhi Photo Festival, Delhi, India
2015 Paris Photo, East Wing, France
2015 Photoville, Instagram Show, New York, USA
2015 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Osnabrück, Germany
2015 Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia
2015 Defying the laws of gravity, Richmix London, United Kingdom
2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2014 Oxford Photofestival, Oxford, United Kingdom
2014 Eyes on Bangladesh, New York, USA
2013 Noorderlicht Photography Festival ’20 By 20′ Exhibition, The Netherlands
2013 Chobi Mela VII International Photography Festival, Bangladesh
2013 Tokyo Month of Photography, Japan
2013 Photovisa Festival, Moscow, Russia
2012 & 2013 Festival of Promenades Photographiques Vendome, France
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
2012 & 2013 World Bank Art Program: Bangladesh, India, USA
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

Awards & Accolades

2012 Prix Mark Grosset pour les écoles internationales de photographie
2013 Winner of World Bank Art Program
2014 ‘Ones to Watch’ – (featured), British Journal of Photography
2014 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class
2015 PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographer
2015 World Press Photo Award (For the story ‘What Remains’)
2016 Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards and Prix Nadar
2017 Winner of The Australian Photobook of the Year Grand Prize
2018 Recipient of Magnum Foundation Fund


Astres Noirs
Offset Publication: ‘What Remains’
‘Under the Banyan Tree’, A 12 years retrospective book of Pathshala


The New York Times
The Sunday Times
The New Yorker
Le Monde
Marie Claire Magazine
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
National Geographic
Die Zeit
The British Journal of Photography
Helsingin Sanomat
California Sunday
Blow Magazine
The Guardian
Elephant Journal



2009 – 2012 Professional Photography Program Pathshala – The South Asian Media Institute
2005 – 2009 Bachelor in Business Administration, American International University – AIUB
2011 – Documentary Photography Exchange, University of Gloucestershire, UK
2010 – New Media Journalism, University of Virginia – USA
2012 – International Reporting, University of Oslo Norway / Pathshala, BD