Author Archives: Shahidul Alam

About Shahidul Alam

A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. He has been a guest curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Musee de Quai Branly and the Brussels Biennale. Alam’s numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Howard Chapnick Awards and the Open Society Institute Audience Engagement Grant. A speaker at US universities, Harvard, Stanford and UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK and the Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane, Alam has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo which he chaired and Prix Pictet. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University in the UK. He is on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Fund. His recent book “My Journey as a witness” was listed in the “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo. Former picture editor of Life Magazine John Morris considers the book “The most important book ever written by a photographer”

Propaganda, and the suppression of dissent

By Rahnuma Ahmed   First published in New Age I have not acquired any fortune but I have my paternal estate and the pension of a Subedar. This is enough for me. The people in my village seem to respect me, … Continue reading

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ROMEL CHAKMA. PART-I: Is custodial killing heroic?

by rahnuma ahmed Romel Chakma, 20 year-old HSC examinee and student leader of Pahari Chatra Parishad, was picked up by army personnel on April 5, 2017. Allegedly tortured, he died in hospital two weeks later. Romel Chakma © Photographer not known. … Continue reading

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DEATH OF ROMEL CHAKMA: NHRC seeks Army’s explanation

DEATH OF ROMEL CHAKMA NHRC seeks Army’s explanation Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:23, Jun 24,2017 | Updated: 00:38, Jun 24,2017       The National Human Rights Commission has written to the defence ministry asking for a Bangladesh Army explanation … Continue reading

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The Best Years of My Life

Press release German Foreign Office and Neue Galerie Berlin will present Shahidul Alam at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum and at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin.   With the book publication and the exhibition “The best … Continue reading

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U.S. MILITARY BASES: Resisting ‘sexual terrorists’ in Okinawa

By Rahnuma Ahmed For the military-industrial complex named the United States, Okinawa is a ‘hub’ for conducting strategic operations throughout the Pacific, but for its residents, US military bases seem to be a hub which harbours ‘sexual terrorists.’ As Okinawan … Continue reading

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