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I would like to let you know about an exciting scholarship opportunity for your budding photography students.
WorldNomads.com in conjunction with National Geographic Channel are offering one talented individual the chance to be mentored by National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards, one of the world’s leading wildlife and remote landscape photographers. Continue reading
Posted in Arts, culture, Pathshala, Photography, Photojournalism
Tagged culture, education, Greenland, Jason Edwards, National Geographic, Photography, training, Visual Arts
Fredskorpset. Bringing people together.
The phone call was unexpected, and the caller was unsure. Way back in 1999, I had no previous contact with Norway. More importantly, the person calling had already had a hiccup. His research had led him to someone who didn’t speak English, hadn’t travelled much, and wasn’t familiar with any of the issues that he was meant to have authored. It was a case of mistaken identity, but Per Kristian Lunden wanted to be sure it was the REAL Shahidul Alam this time round. We photojournalists share a common language, and soon, the doubt disappeared. While we were strangers, there was enough common ground to know we walked similar paths and in this case, had a common goal. We were going to build on a database for media practitioners of the south, that I had started.
More phone calls followed and eventually I found myself opposite a tall Norwegian (all Norwegians are tall by Bangladeshi standards) at Kristiansand, and Per Kristian Lunden and I drove off to the city of Risør. The idea of a city with 3000 people was novel to me. But it was summer and they had a wooden boat festival. I was fascinated by the long nights. Continue reading
This year’s Global Media Forum Award went to the project Infolady from Bangladesh. At the same time, Chinese author, columnist and blogger Li Chengpeng won the Best Blog award at The Bobs 2013, which awards the best in online activism. Other honors from the international jury for the contest held by Deutsche Welle went to projects from Morocco, Togo and an international website.
The Bobs — Best of Online Activism from DW Akademie on Vimeo. Continue reading
Book Launch: Shifting Gravity A Discourse on Biennials
May 30, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal,
Crozzola Hall, Venice, Italy
The Gwangju Biennale Foundation is pleased to invite you to the launch of the book Shifting Gravity on the 30th of May at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This book, published by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and Hatje Cantz, presents the issues, discourses, and practices that have been evolving over the past 20 years with the development of biennials around the globe.
The catalyst for this publication was the World Biennial Forum No.1, an international forum held in Gwangju, South Korea in October 2012. The forum and publication were organized through the collaboration of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, the Biennial Foundation, and the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). During the five-day forum, directors and representatives of biennials and a number of professionals discussed a wide range of issues regarding biennials and their meaning as a global cultural phenomenon.
Shifting Gravity is composed of three main essays on the theme of biennials and thirty-nine essays on different biennials held around the globe. Ute Meta Bauer and Hou Hanru, the directors of the forum, took on the role of editors for the publication of the book.
Chobi Mela is one of the biennales featured.
For RSVP please contact: Serene Pac
Posted in Arts, Bangladesh, Chobi Mela VII, culture, Drik's Network Partners, Photography, Shahidul Alam
Tagged biennale, book, Chobi Mela, culture, Festival, Photography, publication, Shahidul Alam, Visual Arts
The faux red carpet had been laid out for the famous and the wannabe-famous. Politicians and journalists arrived at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bedazzled in the hopes of basking in a few fleeting moments of fame, even if only by osmosis from proximity to celebrities. New to the Washington scene, I was to experience the spectacle with my husband, a journalist, and enjoy an evening out. Or at least an hour out. You see, as a spouse I was not allowed into the actual dinner. Those of us who are not participating in the hideous schmooze-fest that is this evening are relegated to attending the cocktail hour only, if that. Our guest was the extraordinarily brilliant Oscar-nominated director of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin. Mr. Zeitlin’s unassuming demeanor was a refreshing taste of humility in a sea of pretentious politicians reeking of narcissism. Continue reading
Reshma pulled out alive: bdnews24.com
Reshma, who was spotted alive under the debris of collapsed Rana Plaza on Friday afternoon was pulled out safely and rushed to Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
She was miraculously located alive under the rubble after 16 days of the worst ever building collapse tragedy in Bangladesh’s history.
Earlier, rescuers found her after hearing a feeble voice under the debris. A rescuer from Bangladesh Army identified the woman as one ‘Reshma’.
She has fought all odds to survive the catastrophe for 17 days, even as the rescuers had lost hope of finding anyone alive under the debris weeks ago.
The rescuer said they could talk to her. “After being located she was given food, water and oxygen.” She was then pulled out alive.
After giving up hope of finding anyone alive under the wreckage, the rescuers had pressed heavy machinery to clear the debris on April 28.
But only the next day on April 29, the rescuers found one ‘Shahina’ alive under the debris. But she could not be rescued as she died in a fire that had broken out at the wreckage site a few hours after she was spotted.
The nine-storey commercial block, Rana Plaza, collapsed on Apr 24 leaving over a thousand people, mostly garment workers, dead.
Posted in Bangladesh, Capitalism, disasters, economy, Garments, Governance, Human rights, politics, South Asia
Tagged Bangladesh, bdnews24, garments, Rana Plaza, rescue, Reshma, Savar, survivor