EDDY HASBY was born in 1966 in Palembang, Indonesia. He started to work in journalism in 1989 at a local daily in Yogyakarta and joined the Kompas daily as a photographer. He has covered all social political events apart from business and sports – including the Thomas and Uber Cup competitions in Glasgow, Scotland and the Southeast Asian Games in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also covered the transfer of sovereignty to East Timor in Dili.
Eddy won the Grand Prix award for the ACCU (UNESCO) World Photo Contest 1995, and was profiled as an Indonesian photographer in the 1997 and 1998 programs “Asia Who’s and Who” of NHK Japan Television; he was named best photographer in the 1992 National Journalistic Photography Contest, and won the silver and bronze awards in the Salon Foto Indonesia, Canon Asia Pacific Photo Contest, Nikon calender 1999.
He participated in joint exhibitions: the 1992 Yogyakarta Arts Festival, with the Association of Amateur Photo Artists (HISFA); the Indonesian Journalistic Photographs with the World Press Photo 1992 at the Erasmus Huis, Jakarta; the exhibit “Dari Lengser Hingga Semanggi” (on the reform movement) with the Association of Indonesian Photo Journalists in 1999; the ARENA exhibit (sports photographs) at the Indonesian Journalistic Gallery in Jakarta, 2000.
Solo exhibits were the “East Timor and Indonesian Children” in Indonesia and Tokyo and in other cities in Japan, among others at the Museum Word of Peace together with the World Press Photo 2000 exhibit in Kyoto and Fukui until 2001. His “Sugarcane Blues” was held at the Antara Gallery of Photo Journalism in Jakarta, 2001. Eddy also contributed to the books “Arung Samudra” (Sailing the Ocean, 1995) and “Komando – Mengabdi untuk Negara dan Bangsa” (Komando – Serving State and Nation, 1997). Long and Winding Road EAST TIMOR (2001).