Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. After working in TV production , he has become a full-time photographer in 2004. He is an experimenter when it comes to new photographic techniques and styles. He aims to produce cinematic images that leave an impact on the viewer and always striving to go beyond established styles and widen the boundaries of photographic expression. He manages to implement and blend current trends in visual arts with his own creativity which is influenced by movies especially from the Far East.
Shahria Sharmin had gone to her husband’s factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, looking to tell a positive story about the garment industry, one that would offset negative public perceptions. What she found, instead, was an even more challenging topic: the lives of five hijras, the local term for the culture of men who identify as women. By day, they presented themselves as men, but at night they dressed as women and kept a home for their boyfriends.
That this was happening in Bangladesh, which has the world’s fourth largest Muslim population, intrigued Ms. Sharmin, who grew up in a conservative family in which such topics were never discussed. (New York Times)