A Sumatran born photographer 1970. In 1990 he took up a photography course in Bandung. From 1993 through 1998 he worked as a photographer for the widely known HAI youth magazine as well as for the late Fotomedia Magazine,
Jakarta. In 2000-2001, He was a photo editor for the late Latitudes Magazine in Bali. Since 2004 untill 2010 He joined JiwaFoto Agency. After having graduated from his journalistic studies at the Dr. Soetomo Institute in Jakarta in 1995, Shamow’el
Rama Surya published a photo essay book "Yang Kuat Yang Kalah" ("The Strong Ones Are The Beaten Ones"), published by Fotomedia in 1996. Other photo essays include a report on the East Kalimantan, Borneo --forest fires-- and which was shown an occasion of the
Bieler Fototage '98. His work on the "Yogyakarta Street Mythology" was exhibited at the Nikon Image House Gallery in Kusnacht, Switzerland in 2000. Rated "Photographer of the Year 1997" by the German fotoMAGAZIN. "Bali Living in Two Worlds" in Museum der Kulturen,
Basel, Swiss in April 2002 and in Museum for the World Cultures , Frankfurt, Germany in January 2004. "Hot Plate" with Hanafi in Taksu Gallery Jakarta, August 2004, "Purity/Kemurnian" in Richard Meyer Culture Gallery, Petitenget, Bali in 2006.
– Group exhibition: BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY in Ciputra Art Space, Jakarta.
2012 – Group exhibition of 3 Indonesian Photographers in Sogan Art Gallery, Singapore. Group exhibition in Bazaar Art Jakarta with MFA Gallery.
– Group exhibition in Bazaar Art Jakarta with MFA Gallery.
2013 – Unseen Sin, an art performance iwith Takeshi Kubodera and Yoka Sara in Bali Island.
2015 — “A Certain Grace” his third photo
book published by Afterhours Books.
2017 — Participant in Jakarta Biennale 2017
Joined photo exhibition with Klavdij Sluban in Bandung City
2018 Joined in Contemporary Photo Exhibition titled HOME
7+1 Chinese Culture in N11 Garasi Studio, Solo City, Central Java Province, Indonesia at August 18-28, 2018.
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