I am Young (1991) Independent Photographer born in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, raised by immigrant parents who once were refugees that fled Vietnam by boat (father) and land (mother) during the Vietnam War. I am at the opening stages of a photographic career and based in Kuala Lumpur, currently investigating on my main long-term project about ‘Cham people’, my mother ancestry.

I Used to work as a press photographer for two years at Malaysian newspaper company but later decided to quit the job and pursuing my passion on storytelling. 

Inspired by the story of my first muse which is my mother, I have a desire to gain greater understanding on how people can survive under challenging circumstances. I believe that every soul who inspires through exceptional-tough experience can contribute and communicate with the future generation, which eventually will motivate us to shape a better generations, a better world.

So through photography, I learn how to express my perspectives on canvas. Every photo I take teaches me something, whether it’s about myself or the subject itself, or even the world, I always end up learning something new and gain priceless knowledge.

I’m humbly curious with things around me, the world, and ready to gain as much knowledge as I possibly can.


News & Updates.

2017


- Nana Safiana been commissioned to shoot a series about Mount Fuji, by KLEE INC PARIS TOKYO and KLPA for The Two Mountains Project.

- Symphony, was exhibit at Espacekuu Gallery, Taisho University, in Tokyo, Japan from 1st.Oct.2017 - 24th.Dec.2017.

- Nana Safiana was working on Make it Real commercial campaign for Sunsilk, to voice out about how the young generation in Malaysia should chase their dream. 

2016


- Nana Safiana traveled in West China by cycling from Urumqi all the way down to Tashkurgan from end of April till early June and also backpacked around Kyrgyzstan before heading back in Malaysia on 18th June.

2015


- Nana Safiana won Scholarship for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop (Maggie Steber class) in Bali, Indonesia.

- Nana Safiana started to document the inspiring life of Rare disabled community, Yayasan Cahaya Mutiara Ubud, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

- Nana Safiana featured in Cleo Hot Shots 2015, one of The 30 smart and creative Malaysian women powering to the top.

2014

- She went on sabbatical for the first half year to look for her inner vision and voice.

- Nana Safiana started investigating on Cham people routes, her mother ancestry in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

2013

- Nana Safiana quit her job and started to travel around Asia to find inspiration and learn how to survive out of her comfort zone. She has traveled solo to Japan, Beijing, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

- Nana Safiana started freelance on editorial for Newzulu.

- Her personal work, 'Strangers in Frame' exhibited in White Box Publika, Kuala Lumpur, during Arts and Photo Week.

2011

- Winner of Dare to Dream Challenge, Photojournalism Category, presented by International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM ).

- Internship and contributor for Utusan Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

- Graduated with Diploma in Photography from University Selangor, Malaysia.

- Working full time as a press photographer for Utusan Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


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