Michael Eko

is a documentary photographer based between Indonesia and the Philippines. He graduated with a degree in communication studies, majoring in journalism. He also studied in ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta and received fellowship from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Asian Center for Journalism in Ateneo de Manila. While studying, that is when his career started as a photographer. Since then, his works have been published in publications, exhibitions, books and other media.

Following his passion in art and humanity, he believes that vision is a gift and it is a  storyteller’s responsibility to give positive impact to society. With his vision, he focuses on environmental, sociocultural, human rights and other forgotten issues. Working with media, civil society groups and communities, he incorporates photography and visual media into multidisciplinary approach to create change in society.

The basis of democracy is freedom of speech and expression. He believes that when people and community have access to trusted information; can speak their voice; listen to others and make a respectful dialogue, the world will be a better place.

Awards & Achievements

2021. Nominee. Leica Oscar Barnack Award.

2020. Grantee. Solutions Visual Journalism Initiatives by World Press Photo Foundation, Solutions Journalism Networks and Message in a Photo Foundation.

2015. Fellowship. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Asian Center for Journalism in Ateneo de Manila University. The Philippines.

2015. Finalist. Ian Parry Scholarship. London.

2015. Scholarship. Foundry Photo Workshop in Bali, Indonesia

2012. Scholarship. Angkor Photo Workshop Asia. Environmental photography class by Greenpeace International Photo Desk.

2011. First prize in student category. Binus International Photo Competition, Jakarta.

Exhibition and Screening

2021. COP 26. Visualizing climate change: An open call for photography. Group exhibition in collaboration with Climate Visuals and TED Countdown. Glasgow. UK.

2021. COP 26. Group exhibition in collaboration with If Not Us Then Who and Wildscreen. Bristol and Bath city. UK

2020. Our Land, Vision 20/20: Community exhibition, Galerija Jakopic, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2019. Borneo, Jakarta International Photo Festival, Jakarta. Indonesia.

2015. Ian Parry exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London. UK.

2014. Di ekor Borneo, Jakarta Photo Summit, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta. Indonesia.

2012. Recycle of life, Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

2012. Merdeka: Pameran 20 tahun GFJA, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta. Indonesia

2011. Tarian rimba, Beyond Photography exhibition, Ciputra Artpreneur Center, Jakarta. Indonesia

2011. Balada Pahlawan Devisa, Prejudice exhibition. Binus International Photo Contest. Jakarta. Indonesia

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

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

2009. Ketika Indonesia dipertanyakan. Group exhibition of Atmajaya Photography Club, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta. Indonesia

2009. Ketika Indonesia dipertanyakan. Group exhibition of Atmajaya Photography Club, Arslonga Gallery. Yogyakarta. Indonesia

2008. Nightscene, Group exhibition of Persatuan Mahasiswa Fotografi Indonesia, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta. Indonesia

Publication and commission

World Press Photo, The Washington Post, Climate Visuals, If Not Us Then Who, KOMPAS, Koran Tempo, National Geographic Traveler Indonesia, Southeast Asia Globe, New Naratif, Destinasian, Asian Geographic, Travel360, Mongabay, 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.


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