Zakaria was born and raised in Singapore in 1985, as a Malay-Muslim son in a Chinese dominated society. He makes meaning of the world through his photographs. Enticed by the visceral changes of a former monarchy’s transition to a federal republic in Nepal, he first picked up his camera. His first monograph, “Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes” is an anthology of portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkhas as they reminisce about life in the Lion City, from the 1950s till today.
His photographs and stories have appeared in various publications both in Singapore and Asia. He graduated from the NTU’s School of Communication, where he also teaches campus journalism. While he continues making pictures, Zakaria has been moving away from traditional documentary work to photographing closer to home – or even closer to his heart.
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Little India Riot, 2013
This project is a collection of portraits and short stories of individuals who witnessed the Dec 2013 riot at Singapore’s Little India, one of the country’s worst outbreak of violence in four decades.
Based on media reports, the violence broke out after 33-year-old Indian worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu died in a bus accident at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
Hundreds of South Asian workers went on a rampage that left 39 persons, including police officers, injured. An ambulance and two patrol cars were also set on fire.
These stories and portraits provide alternative narratives to an important chapter in Singapore’s history.