Samsul Said

Samsul Said

Based
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Born
Pahang State, Malaysia
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1DX, 1D Mark IV
“I learnt photography by trying to explore with my camera”

Beat

I cover many subjects including politics, disasters and daily news.

One Shot

. PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia. REUTERS/Samsul Said
A worker cleans a pool inside the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque in Putrajaya.
“I wasn’t planning to take this picture. I just walked in and there it was!”

Profile

Photography started out as a hobby for me. I got my first SLR camera when I was 15 years old and I would go out and shoot pictures of live music, mostly rock bands. Music was my other big hobby.

I learnt photography by trying to explore with my camera, and taking pictures of whatever I wanted to shoot. Later, I studied for a year at photography school and after that I got a job with a rock magazine.

My eyes were opened to what is possible with news photography when I first met Bazuki Muhammad, a former Reuters staff photographer, during a protest in Kuala Lumpur in 2007. I looked though his portfolio online and tried to learn more about photojournalism.

My first assignment was helping Bazuki to cover a by-election in Permatang Pauh. I took my pictures and sent them as fast as I could. The next day was a wonderful new world for me because TIME magazine used my photograph. That was how I became a news photographer. I am still very grateful to Bazuki, who was very kind to teach me about photojournalism.

I have lots of favourite images, including some of protests in Kuala Lumpur. I like them because it’s not easy taking photos at close range during clashes, especially with riot police there.

I enjoy taking pictures of all sorts of things – politics, daily life, disasters. But I like shooting protests most of all because it gives you a chance to really see the passion on people’s faces. I love capturing that expression.

Behind the Scenes

. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reuters photographer Samsul Said takes a picture of a protester, who lies on the ground to block a riot police vehicle during clashes in Kuala Lumpur.