Nazir Sufari was born in Batu Pahat, Johor. He started his career as a freelance cartoonist for a local comic magazine. After receiving a Diploma in Science from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM), he joined a Malaysian publishing and advertising company as an illustrator and photographer for more than 13 years.
After learning photojournalism indirectly for 4 years from Zainal Abdul Halim, a former Reuters’ senior photographer based in Malaysia, he joined a news portal called The Malaysian Insider (TMI) in 2013 as a photographer. Along his career with The Malaysian Insider, Nazir has covered anything from breaking news to economy, human interest, politics, special features, photo essays and photo documentary.
One of the best experience he had was helping Dr. Shahidul Alam from Drik to complete his assignment about the Bangladeshi immigrant in Malaysia for the book tittle “The Best Years of My Life” in 2016. He also attended workshops conducted by Dr Shahidul to master his storytelling skills.
Nazir’s expertise is more on photojournalism, photo documentary and photo essays. His vision is to make people see and think how every regular subject or event can be seen in different perspectives. He always believe that photojournalism and documentary in Malaysia will get to evolve as an important medium in shaping the human mind to judge and react accordingly to every event related to economy, social, education, religion and humanity.
Today, Nazir works at a Malaysian news portal, The Malaysian Insight as a photojournalist.
His works can be accessed through and Instagram @mnazirsufari
Life At The PKNS Flats
Up to four generations have lived in the 270 flats in seven blocks which make up Flat PKNS in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, since it was built in 1969. The flats built by the Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) are also known as Flat Kg Padang or Flat Merah.
Demand is high for the flats as they are just around the corner from Kampung Baru, across from the world’s tallest twin towers – the Petronas Twin Towers. The valuable tract of land where the flats sit on has been earmarked for a new housing project proposed by Perbadanan Kampung Baru, which runs the Malay settlement. Residents are now divided into half of whom refuse to accept the compensation offered while the other half agreeing to the latest plans to move to upgraded accommodation.