Bio



281415_2232086365715_2518950_nBorn in Jakarta, Indonesia. I grew up in a working class family who live in the suburb of the city. During my elementary school, story telling was my favorite class. I prefer to free my imagination and curiosity to the social and art lessons.

 

I first took a photograph was in 2000, at a school excursion. Since then, I decided that photography would be a medium that I would use to tell stories, the passion that I love since my childhood.

 

For me, seeing is a gift. I feel grateful when see the sun shines everyday. Nevertheless, a grace is also the other name of responsibility. The act of witnessing is equal to the responsibility to tell the truth. Stories need to be shared to other people either those are good news or bad news. The basis of democracy is freedom of speech and expression. I believe when people can tell the truth and make respectful dialogue, the world will be a better place.

 

My parents once asked me why I choose to be a photographer. So, I told them: “Telling the truth is a responsibility for every one. Photography is a way that I use to do that idealism.”

 

Publication and commissioned

The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler Indonesia, Asian Geographic, South East Asia Globe, Destinasian Indonesia, Travel360, Mongabay, Koran Tempo, JalanJalan Magazine, Lionmagz, Colours magazine, Badai di ujung negeri the movie, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia, TNS Indonesia, Malaysia Environment Consultant, Indonesia Paratroopers (Yonif 330 – Infantri Lintas Udara), etc.

 

 

Collective photobook

Ketika Indonesia dipertanyakan. Published by Atmajaya Photography Club Yogyakarta. 2009

 

Group exhibition

2015. Ian Parry Scholarship 2015. Private view exhibition. Hoxton Gallery, 59 Old St, London

2014. At the tail of Borneo. City of Waves – The Jakarta International Photo Summit

2012. Merdeka: pameran 20 tahun GFJA. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, Jakarta.

2011. Tarian rimba. Beyond Photography exhibition. Ciputra Artpreuneur Center. Jakarta.

2011. Balada pahlawan devisa. ‘Prejudice’ exhibition – Binus International Photo Contest. Jakarta.

2010. Knock-knock, Knockin’ on innocence door. ‘Element’ exhibition by Cephas Photo Forum. Centre Culturel Français de Yogyakarta.

2009. Nyanyian doa di bukit sunyi. ‘Mind/Passion’ exhibition. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara. Jakarta

2009. Ketika Indonesia dipertanyakan. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, Jakarta & Galeri Arslonga. Yogyakarta.

2008. Nightscene. Persatuan Mahasiswa Fotografi Indonesia. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara. Jakarta

 

Award

Finalist. Ian Parry Scholarship 2015.

Scholarship. Foundry Photo Workshop. Bali. 2015

1st price. Student category. Binus International Photo Competition. 2011.

 

Education

1. 2015. Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism Fellowship. Manila

2. 2015. Foundry Photo Workshop Scholarship. Bali

3. 2013.  Angkor Photo Workshop Asia.2013. Environmental photography class. Tutor by John Novis and Sudhansu Malhotra of Greenpeace International Photo Desk.

4. 2008. Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara. Jakarta. Photojournalism class. Tutor by Rully Kesuma of Tempo Magazine.

5. 2005. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta. Communication studies. Major in Journalism.

Contact:

michaeleko87(at)gmail.com

mike(at)michaeleko.com