Ismail Ferdous


A dead couple embraces in the rubble of Rana Plaza


Cost of Fashion, Source: Youtube

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989, Ismail Ferdous has always been fascinated by people’s stories in unreachable communities. His family dreamt that he would be an accountant or a banker, following the family tradition. As a child, Ferdous would play with his father’s old Russian camera, memorizing the exposure settings. But, it wasn’t until his early twenties, when studying business at East West University, that he became serious about pursuing photography as a profession.

He lived more than half of his life in Dhaka before traveling through various countries in Asia, Europe and North and South America. He learned photography by doing it. As a documentary photography, Ismail covers social humanitarian issues. His most recent project, The Cost of Fashion, is a photo and video advocacy project that began after documenting the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the worst industrial disaster in history. The project continues to spread awareness about the fashion industry and its negative effects on workers in Bangladesh

From Outrage to Action: Proposals for Climate, Resources and Planet 

Agnes Denes  •  Ismail Ferdous  •  Gideon Mendel    Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), Max Liboiron, Director  •   Mark Read and Grayson Earle •  Louise Harpman,  Architecture and Urban Design LAB 2017 sponsored by Global Design NYU •   Mary Mattingly • nadahadaThe Yes Men