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In the midst of his own radical teenage years Samidin started documenting his environment, which came to the attention of a professional documentary photographer who introduced Samidin to the field. In 2011 Samidin got the opportunity to exhibit his first series called Moluccans in The Netherlands, which was featured in the ‘Angry’ exhibition in ‘The Netherlands Fotomuseum’. From that moment on Samidin realized that he could use his medium to tell his personal story through the eyes of the ones he captures and those of the observers. Becoming the gang photographer of The Netherlands was his goal, until he started traveling and photographing extensively. This developed in the desires to question one’s own truth, breaking down stereotypes, studying the relationship between the character of a person and its environment, and offering a platform for an open and honest dialogue. Samidin has explored the ghettos of Paris, Nairobi, Los Angeles, Surinam, Jakarta and Bali. Personally meeting and getting to know each and every one he has ever captured by simply being genuinely and respectfully interested. Photographing the lives of minorities, the oppressed and of those with unorthodox lifestyles by applying analogue photography reflecting the sincerity and rawness of his subjects.
Societies has been exhibited nationally by TENT Rotterdam, Naarden Photo Festival, Rotterdam Photo Festival and internationally by Jenja in Bali, Indonesia, in Wuhan, China and by Maison de Haubans in Nantes, France amongst numerous others. Samidin has been published widely in major magazines including Esquire, L’Officiel Hommes, Focus, SHUTR.photo magazine and Vice.
His work has also been awarded by De Kracht van Rotterdam in 2016. Since that same year Samidin has been a Visual Entrepreneur of Olympus and started expanding his filmmaking career by directing (music) videos for music label TopNotch, Roaches & Rebels and CUL.TURE
next to working on his documentaries.