An Indian national, Masrur Ashraf was born on the 12th June 1982, in the eastern city of Saudi Arabia – Dhahran. He has earned two masters degrees in Telecommunication Systems and Management & Marketing from DePaul University in USA and KFUPM in Saudi Arabia respectively. He is currently working as an Investment Promotion Coordinator in a semi-governmental institution. Masrur’s photographic journey started at an early age when he picked up his father’s vintage Canon AE-1 SLR camera and set out take numerous family pictures. Since then, Masrur’s photographic journey grew longer as he expanded his focus to other types of photography such as landscape, rural life, and travel. He also went a step ahead by purchasing the Canon EOS 7D camera and using it to hone his photographic skills. Masrur is extremely passionate about rural/countryside photography. Being from a village in the Indian state of West Bengal, he is blessed to have the opportunities to take numerous pictures of the beautiful landscape, the people and, most importantly, the life a countryside offers. His aim is to show the humbling beauty of an Indian village to people around the world. Photography is more than a hobby to Masrur. It does not cease to amaze him about the richness and dynamism of photography especially the fact that a picture can convey a message or many messages depending on a person’s perspectives. As the saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words. To Masrur, that’s an understatement.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Canon IXUS
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm, EF 50mm f/1.8 ll, EF 70-200mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 Pro DX Tripod Slik
Current Location: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Best Achievements & Exhibitions:
“Niagara Falls State Park by Masrur Ashraf”– Schmap Niagara Falls Guide, 6th Edition
“Chinatown by Masrur Ashraf” – Schmap Chicago Guide, 6th Edition