Portrait Photography

Das Magazin Reportage Won Real21 Media Prize

Congratulations to Paula Scheidt for winning Real21 Medienpreis (Real21 Media Prize) for the feature about Indonesian Islamic Boarding school title ‘Was Ist Ein Guter Muslim’ (What is a Good Muslim). The original feature was published earlier this year in Das Magazin

Although the award is for the writing, I am super happy to shot and worked alongside Paula for this piece. Assigned by Dorothea Fiedler from Studio Andreas Wellnitz.

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Rebel Riders in Silkwinds

Rebel Riders, my project about Indonesian so-called extreme vespa community has just been published in Silkwinds, Silk Air Inflight Magazine, June 2018. It includes some new images that I just shoot and developed recently.

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Iran After Sanction in DestinAsian Indonesia

Final publication of assignment in Iran for DestinAsian Indonesia. The images and words (I also happened to write again after so long) are published in April-June 2018 issue of the magazine. During the assignment, which highlights Iran after most of the sanctions being lifted, I managed to see the many part of the country: the bustling Terhan, Lut Desert in the south, and the Caspian region in the north. Read the full story here (in Indonesian only). And some extra images can be seen here.

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Rebel Riders at Istanbul Photo Awards 2018

Unexpected at best, my on-going project 'Rebel Riders' has been awarded third prize in Story Portrait category of Istanbul Photo Awards 2018. The series was originally started when I was participating in Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass, a program initiated by Obscura Photo Festival in 2016 and supervised by Jorg Bruggemann and Tobias Kruse from the renowned Ostkreuz Photo Agency. Never been happier!

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Below are some images from the series.

 Bonjay, a scooterist from Jakarta, posed for a portrait with his kick scooter style vespa.
 Three scooterists, Adul (middle), Bango (left), and Ajis (right), posed for a portrait with their custom-made lowrider vespa in Bekasi, a sprawling Jakarta suburb.
 Sugik, a scooterist from Padang, West Sumatra, posed for a portrait onboard his modified vespa built from used oil drum and iron bars. As an experienced mechanic, he pushed the boundaries further by installing two engines for more power and custom-made reverse gear.

See the complete list of winners here.

On the Road with Persija's Ultras for 11 Freunde

First post for 2018: publication from an assignment for 11 FREUNDE following Persija's ultras Curva Nord's bus journey from Jakarta to Solo during the Indonesian Derby: Persija vs Persib Bandung. While the match didn't live up to expectation, the trip did, especially after the bus I boarded were attacked on the highway by Persib's fans :D

Below are the 14 pages layout of the published story. Will post the outtakes a bit later.

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Client: 11 Freunde
Assigning Editor: Kai Senf
Writer: Andreas Bock

Google's Local Guide Rolling On: Sri Lestari

Last August, I got a chance to produce a short documentary for Google's Local Guide Rolling On, a series which focuses on how people with disabilities navigate the city they are living in. The short film features Sri Lestari, a disability rights activist living in Solodiran, Klaten, Central Java. In the production, I worked with Giri Prasetyo, a really good friend of mine who happened to be a great cinematographer and director. Apart from being the producer, I also capture the scene as the second cameraman. Sound was amazingly handled by Mirwan Arfah, a native of Yogyakarta.

 Sri Lestari in her parents house © Muhammad Fadli

Sri Lestari in her parents house © Muhammad Fadli

The production days were pretty straightforward with one shooting day reserved to capture Sri's daily activities, and another day for B-roll.

Watch the finished documentary below.

Client: GOOGLE Inc
Producer: Muhammad Fadli
Director of Photography and 1st Cameraman: Giri Prasetyo
2nd Cameraman: Muhammad Fadli
Sound: Mirwan Arfah

Museum MACAN's Aaron Seeto for Mabuhay

Commissioned by Mabuhay, the inflight magazine of Philippine Airlines, I made portrait of Aaron Seeto, the director of Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara).  

 Aaron Seeto of Museum Macan, Jakarta, Indonesia

Museum MACAN is the first institution of its kind in Indonesia which provides significant and growing collection of modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world toward the public. The Museum has an active program of exhibitions and events in a 4,000 square meter facility including onsite education and conservation spaces.