Hairul Azizi Harun
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How would you describe your photographic style? Do you follow a set of rules when you shoot?
My style of photography would be conceptual photography. This allows me to explore and express on the visual, storytelling, metaphors, emotions and interpretation of a picture within layers of meaning.
Any photographers you particularly admire?
There are few photographers that I really admire. It would be Andrew Kezzy from St. Petersburg and Yaman Ibrahim from Kuala Lumpur. They have been my inspiration throughout my photography journey.
What inspires you to shoot?
The interpretation of the content in a picture that I created. To me, I elaborate a photo
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
To create an artwork, the most important thing is to have sufficient knowledge on a topic or issues. You should be able to understand and analyse the facts that you are trying to portray in your artwork.
Where do you currently live and work?
I am currently staying in the east peninsular of Malaysia, Pahang. A place with beautiful beaches and lush green forest. Working as an educator in art in a community college teaching drawings, illustration and advertising.
What did you study – and how I got into photography?
I studied within the scope of graphic, illustration and advertising with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic and Design from MARA Institute of Technology faculty of Art and Design. I started photography when I met one of Malaysia renowned photographer, Yaman Ibrahim. I really admire his artwork especially in portraiture and human interest.
MAYBANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2012 / Winner Studio Photography
PALM OIL PORTRAIT 2013 / Winner Judge Choice Awards
MALAYSIA NATIONAL AWARDS 2014 / Winner Photography
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014 / Winner Split Second
EXTRAVAGANZA PHOTOGRAPHER AWARDS 2014 / from Pahang Photographer Unity
Finalist PROFESIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR UK 2013 / 50mm Category
Top 10 Poskod. My KUALA LUMPUR PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014
Top 10 MREPC PHOTOGRAPHY 2014
SOLO EXHIBITION 2012 / Ministry Higher Education Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
24th MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2014 / SWPA – Bratislava, Slovakia
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS TOUR 2014 – Liverpool, England
MALAYSIA PEOPLE 2016 – Kuala Lumpur
Kadayan Warrior / Best Picture of the Week JAN 2013 – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER UK
Studio Photography / Maybank Photography Awards JAN 2013 – DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY
Studio Photography / Maybank Photography Awards JAN 2013 – APERTURE magazine
Zero to Hero APRIL 2014 – CAMERA WORLD
“ Caught on Film” MAY 2014 – ELLE magazine
WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – BERITA HARIAN newspaper
Split Second APRIL 2014 – DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY magazine
Split Second SWPA – ADVANCE IMAGES magazine
National Awards JUN 2014 – APERTURE magazine
Hairul Azizi “ THE PHOTOGRAPHY PHOENIX” JUN 2014 – Sense of Malaysia
HAIRUL AZIZI HARUN MAY 2016 – APERTURE magazine
HAIRUL AZIZI HARUN “Story Behind” – VARSITI, BERITA HARIAN newspaper
Please give your favourite quote for photography or art.
Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being a photographer. – Walter De Mulder
Any cool projects you’re currently working on?
To photograph a portraiture of rural gangster
Please finish these sentences:
I can't live without... my sketch book
My greatest inspiration in the world is... my surrounding. I am very inspired by people surrounding me with talent gifted by God. I believe that every person in this world are blessed with the most precious gift that they should cherish. And those gifted talents are the ones that has been inspiring me in life.
I will never forget... my first photography award which was the Sony World Photography Award for Split Second Category 2014.