Abir Abdullah was born in 1971 in Bagerhat in Southern Bangladesh. He obtained Masters in Marketing (M. Com) from Dhaka University, before taking up photography. He completed a basic course in photography from the Bangladesh Photographic Institute in 1993, and completed a diploma in photojournalism from Pathshala in 1999. He was a student of the first batch of students of Pathshala and completed a three-year seminar (Pleasure of Life) assigned and supported by World Press Photo Foundation- Netherlands. Abir has won numerous awards, including the Mother Jones Award in 2001 for his work on Freedom Fighters (Veterans of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971), 1st prize in the WHO contest, Switzerland 2002, 1st Prize in SAJA (South Asian Journalist Association) Photo Award 2005 and 1st Prize in National Disaster category NPPA, best of photojournalism award 2008.
Abir’s work has been published in New York Times, Asiaweek, Guardian and the New Internationalist Magazine and many other International publications. He was one of the photographers featured in the book BLINK, published by Phaidon, featuring 100 photographers worldwide. He worked as freelance photographer from 1994 to 1995 and as a staff photographer at Drik Picture Library from 1996 to 2005. He has recently joined as a photojournalist and Bangladesh correspondent of the European Press Photo Agency (EPA).