First of all I must tell you guys that I am not really a photographer, never had any formal education on photography, never read any books on it as well. Until this year I've never been to a photo exhibition. All I do is take pictures of my surroundings wherever I may be and it gives me such great pleasure which I simply cannot describe. And one more thing....I like a bit of entertainment.
I will forever be grateful to this great man www.flickr.com/people/75860382@N02/ for giving me the gift of the PRO account and that too for two years from today 17/03/2012. Sardar Thank you my brother.
Name : Nayeem Kalam
Date of birth : October 12, 1974
Adress : No. 2, Rabia Rahman Lane
Facebook : www.facebook.com/nayeem.kalam
My gear :
Body : Leica R6.2 (my all time favorite )
Lenses : Summilux R 35mm f/1,4 non ROM 3 Cam
Summilux R 50mm f/1,4 ROM E60
Summilux R 80mm f/1,4 non ROM 3 Cam.
Latest buy : June the 6th 2009.
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1,8 D
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1,4
AF Nikkor 35mm f/2 D
AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 D ED-IF
November 10, 2009
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 50mm f/1,4 USM sold
Canon EF 24mm f/1,4L USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM sold
November 29, 2012
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Canon 85mm f/1,2 II L
November 25. 2013
Canon 1Ds Mark III
December 12, 2013
Canon 50L 1,2
I don't use zoom lenses....
....and I don't use a flash.
I prefer my photographs in black and white but its hard here. I never tried PHOTOSHOP and I am not a fan of HDR. I hate to edit my photos as I am famous for being EXTREMELY LAZY.
I have had an extraordinary life, full of unbelievable encounters like a fairytale. I had my first SLR when I was a teenager and I did shoot many a photo full of magical moments which I don't have with me anymore. These pictures are from the latter part of my life.
Anyway, I hope my photographs speaks of me and my life and I also hope that you enjoy them.
Important Note : PLEASE ASK ME BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO USE MY IMAGES IN ANY WAY....Thank you all.
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"Few minutes ago I just entered in my office. I donno why I dare to write a testimony on a person I most admire in photography arena. I can definitely say one thing about this amazing person and photographer for whom I try to come in flickr everyday and looks for his new photographs. I forgot from when I am following him on flickr but it became a regular part of my journey to fly through his flickr photostream. I have found no one ever in my photographic journey such an wonderful storyteller with extreme honest words through his writing and photographs. I pray to almighty for his long life so that we might see his amazing works..... Just one thing for Mr. Nayeem kalam "You are extraordinary" .................."
August 17th, 2015
"Great Photo Raconteur, thanks for the laughs.
October 1st, 2013
"Every time when I visit your stream, I feel so damn jealous. >.<
You are an extreme talent.
July 10th, 2013
"I love this guy's work. He takes a great picture and tells a superb story. And this happens almost every day. No holes barred, this man lays his life out on a plate.
Thanks for the rich food Nayeem. Cheers!"
March 2nd, 2013
"I don't know him, only saw the photographs. His shots seems simple, easy to replicate. But that's only a deception. The level of intimacy he achieves with his subjects is simply extraordinary. His works tell me stories, connects with me, makes me think I've known the subjects a long time. Always able to touch my heart. I can go to those subjects on those locations but I won't be able to get those pure unmasked expressions, that sense of trust. That's why he is an artist to me. I look forward to meet him someday..."
December 4th, 2012
"To be true, i don't really know him. But it changes since he post the comments on my newest photostream.
Then, there was the started the journey to "his world". Image after image, and text after text was striking my mind---and while i keep scrolling the image of life of him, i was thinking does his image near to end, since i noticed 2000+ image on his photostream!!
I really enjoy his story and thing had been turnmoil on his surrounding and his heart. I got really amazed by you my friend!
The other side of photography world and the meaning of it! You don't seek beauty on your photographs, but rather try to share how's your loved on photography itself!
This is really something to me. And for now on, i'd changed you as a friend.
I am such honor to have you on my contact :)"
November 27th, 2012
"To some he is a brilliant photographer for others an inspiration .. A great story teller .. i love his work .. and wish to meet him some day .."
March 3rd, 2012
"I never dared to write a testimonial for Nayeem Bhai because I know whatever I write will be an injustice to how brilliant he is as a photographer, story teller and I have a feeling as a person too. Alas, I thought I will leave a few simple words for him because keeping one's impression about someone hidden inside is not what I learned from him. I have not been privileged enough to meet him yet and I don't know if I ever will be but the inspiration that he has been to me since I started Flickring regularly is something I will carry with me forever! I wish him all the best for his personal and photographic life!"
January 29th, 2012
Junayed Sadat says:
"an ultimate portrait-machine! brilliant with words. such an inspiration to me. god bless you bhai :)"
January 28th, 2012
F A H I M says:
"One of my most favorite photographers and of the most inspiring. His photography has an honest feel , and his black and whites are outstanding. I feel loss at words while describing his photography skills . A brilliant photographer to sum everything up in one sentence."
December 29th, 2011
ßlind Point says:
"Your photographs really leaves me speechless each time i view them! with each photo a story is told and left to the mind of the viewer to imagine... not all photographers can achieve this element of mystery in their work! but i congratulate you because you are gifted with this talent!
I love all your works! your just so Wonderful !
October 18th, 2011
frieda ryckaert says:
"More strong then ever you finally came back, NAYEEM !
And maybe this is just a personal first impression, but the devastating chaos seems to have dissapeared from inside your head, clarity and peace have returned into your inner soul....The last couple of images you shared are of such a beauty and thoughtfullness that only can come from a man who always knew, felt and registered the world around him in a most magical way, now added with a determination that adorns his deep personality beautifully
I truly am glad with your coming back, NAYEEM...truly hope you will stay with us for quite some time"
September 25th, 2011
A. adnan says:
"And then, there is NAYEEM KALAM- the master of photography.
Personally, he is my most favorite photographer. And I dont see that changing anytime in the future!
This guy tells stories like no one else. He picks out characters from the real world and presents them to you with sheer honesty! His eccentric character and honest views are bound to leave you awestruck. You’ll hardly see anything non-living in his stream, and even if you do, he’ll present it to you in such a way that it will come alive!
An elder brother to me, he has a huge hand in what I've achieved as a photographer myself.
Mark my words, he will be one of the most renowned photographers of our times,it will be interesting how and when the world comes to know about him."
September 23rd, 2011
Shabbir Ferdous says:
"I went through your stream (loads of pictures) and realized that you are an excellent documentary photographer with the ability to describe which make us laugh, think and wonder. This is exceptional quality. Keep shooting brother :)"
February 11th, 2011
Rifat Attamimi says:
"This man NAYEEM streams take me to the center of chittagong,...as if i was there,every story and photo is always amazed me how he capture daily life,people around,i`ve always many learn from this man and yes,.he is the best photo story teller,Thanks NAYEEM! :)"
January 2nd, 2011
Fawzan Hasan says:
"You are one hell of a story teller"
October 13th, 2010
ioannis lelakis says:
"I feel very honored and lucky to have found Nayeem!
With my hand on my heart I must confess that I`ve never met a man as honest as Nayeem before. It is a rare and beautiful gift not many of us humans have. His photos and his thoughts are very touching, strong, beautiful and stunningly honest! His work is also remarkable meaningful!
A photographer`s captures reflects the heart of the person behind the camera as well. And that for sure shows that Nayeem is a man with a warm and honest heart!
I`ve promised to myself that I have to visit him one day!"
May 18th, 2010
Fabrice Drevon says:
"If photographies would have a soul, Nayeem would be the top provider.
He is this kind of photographer who adds humanity in each shot and going thru his stream will make you humble and travelling. Thank you !"
February 13th, 2010
Cyril Bernard Durafour says:
"A computer, an internet connection and most of all Nayeem's finest captures...and here I am, in the middle of the streets of Chittagong, ready for the big escape, witnessing the beauty of that city...Mille mercis, l'ami!"
January 29th, 2010
"j aime beaucoup ton style , beaucoup de choses a apprendre de tes photo
perso je commence juste en tant que photographe professionnelle
ça me fait vraiment plaisir que tu ai remarque une de mes photos !
October 20th, 2009
"I know my words will be nothing against Nayeem's images, always more eloquent. Every his work is a human story to read, to reread again and again. Exploring life, he discover a variety of interesting characters and is able to convey their graphic individuality and profundity, he achieve this characterization, passionate and devoid of everything vain and contingent... Thank you very much Nayeem !"
October 7th, 2009
Katy Weber says:
"I have to be honest, this is some of the best photojournalism on Flickr. Nayeem has taken everyday life and turned it into something that is real and full of emotions. He captures life as it is with as much grace as one can! Hardcore truth comes from his pictures and it is amazing. I truly enjoy looking at his photos, everyday is a new adventure. He opens our eyes to another way of being, suffering and surviving in his part of the world. It makes you thankful everyday..."
September 29th, 2009
"Nayeem, son truc c'est l'humanité! S'il s'écoutait il photographierait chaque visage de ce monde pour nous restituer des choses simples comme le bonheur, la fierté, l'humilité, la bonté, l'amour des autres! Toutes ses images nous parlent, et ça c'est le talent, son talent!"
September 22nd, 2009
"To be involved in flickr, one comes across a world of talent…some good; some great; some with potential, etc…then there are the ones who simply knock your socks off…the few who see a unique world in a way that might very well otherwise go unnoticed. The power within the naïve thoughts of an artist can rarely be completely understood. It’s a type of freedom…an enviable freedom. When I first viewed the work of NAYEEM, I felt so much emotion that I quickly turned away…Now, it’s my first and last and a few in between stops. With every visit, there awaits me a study in life…a futility…a feeling of hope; of hopelessness and pain; of a world I know nothing about. NAYEEM is a teacher who knows his craft well. Through his uncensored and powerful descriptions, and spontaneous imagery, he is able to present his corner of the world like no one else…we know his family…we know the beggars on the beat…the vendors…we know the good times…AND the bad times and we know the splendor of the region. To me, the refuge in flickr wouldn’t have nearly the glow without the artistry and humanity exhibited by my friend, NAYEEM"
September 17th, 2009
still wanderer says:
"Photojournalism with a soul... Not only Nayeem brings you to a fantastic journey through his homeland, Bangladesh, but he does that with so much sensitivity (and photographic skills!).
A great photostream and a true photographer..."
September 4th, 2009
"I have also appreciated the photos Nayeem posted but things have changed a bit. We have met and spent time both talking and shooting together in the streets of Bangkok.
Although young, and still in need of finding a little more balance and possible peace of mind I was surprised at how mature Nayeem's view of the world are and how in fact, looking at the images again a new depth seems to appear.
Many younger photographers tend to get stuck in trying to make images that impress themselves or others with their own abilities. There photos can get to a point they almost grab the viewer by the throat and scream "Look!!!".
Nayeem is not such a photographer. His love of people and the world around him is evident when we speak. Yes there is still some enthusiasm for other than what he depicts as a consequence of what he seems but his main focus os what counts.
I hope he continues to pursue his photography and gets the support he needs to feel justified in the way he should feel.
Thats for the visit here Nayeem, we will meet again I am sure..."
August 15th, 2009
parched theory says:
"Wonderful photojournalist. Great Flickr friend. Passionate and emotional artist. Humanist. What else is there to say? One of my favorite photographers. I keep telling him that he should publish a book!"
August 14th, 2009
"I love the variety and creativeness of his work...
He travels to so many places that I may never get to and reports to us all.
His family work is truly done with love.
He is like a FATHER to me - NO WAIT - he said that about ME!
He is the great neighbor and friend who just happens to live 6000 miles away - so that is kind of next door to the Chicago suburbs!!
Thank you for your work AND friendship...."
February 15th, 2009
© noborders says:
"What strikes me in Nayeem’s photos is his keen interest for the lives of all the people he meets, from family members to Burmese refugees in Bangladesh or a Nigerian migrant in London, or to security guards, brick factory workers, shop owners or bar managers in their work place : clearly he can make everyone talk and it's great that he's explaining each situation with a few sentences.
Thanks to him we can also enter into middle class homes from Bangladesh, which is not very common here -- his gallery is basically like a sort of diary, telling about his life, his joy to be a father and his sadness not to be all the time near his little daughter. He had even the guts to shoot during difficult personal moments, like the departure of a girlfriend and this is really moving – what a great gift he has, to be able to express himself so easily and with such a passion !
All his stories are so interesting and moving and his gallery, a great example to follow ."
December 11th, 2008
M. Hasan says:
"Nayeem bhai (Nayeem Kalam) is one of the earliest contacts of mine in flickr, and from the very beginning I am a big fan of his B&W works. Only a true artist can bring out art from the simple materials around him, he is one of them. Besides the B&W, you will feel his mastery in colour, too. Photographers of the film age were real genius, he is continuously proving that very fact.
Nayeem bhai, there is lot inside you and in your works from where we can learn. So, don't look back brother, keep going, keep enriching us..."
December 11th, 2008
- Nayeem KALAM
- June 2008
- Chittagong, BANGLADESH
- I am: