On September 4, Drik marked 23 years as a distinctive multimedia establishment with a special programme at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi. A significant feature of the programme was Drik’s tribute to Bangladesh’s legendary photographer Golam Kasem Daddy with the fourth in a series of commemorative lectures. This year’s presentation will be by artist and curator Wakilur Rahman on curating contemporary art and art practice in Bangladesh. Among others present at the celebration were National Geographic photographer and humanitarian Reza Deghati, who also addressed the gathering. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik spoke about appreciating fine art prints and presented a unique collection of vintage photographic prints from the Drik archives. These rare prints by Bangladesh’s renowned photographers are being exhibited at Drik Gallery and available for sale for the first time in Bangladesh.
Drik also presented two very interesting but diverse additional exhibitions. The first, ‘Moving News to Digital Platforms’ showcases the unique initiative the Rural Visual Journalism Network where district correspondents use the Apple i-Pod Touch to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The second exhibition is the Majority World’s exhibition ‘Insider, Outsider?’, a photography exhibition that challenges perceptions of the developing world. The exhibition was held recently at Guardian Gallery in London and includes the work of Drik Picture Agency (DPA) photographers A.M. Ahad, Farzana Hossen, M. Anisul Hoque from Bangladesh; Iran’s Shadi Gadrian and Sri Lanka’s Dominic Sansoni among the 17 featured photographers. All exhibitions will be open every day from 3 to 8 pm, until September 12.