Text by Khaled Hasan, Ernesta Butkuviene, Maira Dudareva
“Leave Me Alone” tells a painful story about acid attacks on people. Acid violence is a worldwide phenomenon, and the countries with the highest rates of acid attacks are Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda. In Bangladesh, a country of 156 million people, 80 percent of the victims are women, many of them below the age of 18. It is always their faces that are targeted leading to disfigurement and blindness. In the last 10 years, there were 3000 victims of acid attacks.
Khaled Hasan (born 1981, Dhaka, Bangladesh) began working as a photographer in 2001. At a young age he adopted photography as a part of his identity—a force that makes him think, feel and understand human beings and the human condition. As an indigenous photographer, he tells narratives of the land that shaped him. Stories about its people and their interaction with nature, healing and surviving in times of distress, toiling for food, and standing against injustice are the primary issues featured in his works.
Khaled has worked as a freelance photojournalist for magazines in Bangladesh and in other countries, publishing his works in the New York Times, Sunday Times Magazine, American Photo, National Geographic Society, Better Photography, Saudi Aramco World Magazine, The Guardian, Telegraph, The Independent, etc. He has exhibited his works across the world: in UK, Mexico, Russia, Syria, France, Uzbekistan, Canada, USA and China.
With “Leave Me Alone”, Khaled Hasan became the winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2012 on-line portfolio review competition. On portfolio review platform folioPORT.org, his work was voted as number one among around hundred photographers by 48 photography experts from 5 continents. “Leave Me Alone” book is the award of the competition.