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Celebrity visitors to Drik

November has been a very interesting month. Social entrepreneurs from all over the world converged at Drik in the first week. Visitors included representatives from Google, and Rolls Royce as well as philanthropists and experts on social business. The Prime Minister came to a Drik event at Sheraton Hotel, mid week. This was followed by visits by the President of Contact Press Images Robert Pledge and the celebrated choreographer and dancer Akram Khan with his entire company of star studded people including Oscar winners. Robert was in Dhaka in connection with the 1971 project, but also ran workshops and on curatorial aspects of Chobi Mela VI. He will be back for the festival in January 2011.

Robert Pledge, President of Contact Press Images at a class in Pathshala. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

After attending the presentation by Shahidul Alam at Drik Akram Khan and his company went on to a reception at the British Council. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Drik ICT and Drik AV webstream opening by Prime Minister

Drik ICT and Drik AV together provided online streaming of the opening ceremony of the Online Banking facility of Computer Network Systems (CNS) by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Drik TV webstreaming at PM's opening of online banking today at Sheraton Hotel. 14th November 2010. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Drik AV team webstreaming at PM's opening of online banking. 14th November 2010. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the online banking service of Computer Network Services (CNS). The event was livestreamed by Drik ICT. 14th November 2010. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Drik’s 2010 Calendar online

Calendar cover

Photo: Fatema Akter Hasi, 14

Drik’s 2010 Calendar online

Naibuddin Ahmed passes away

Training camp for freedom fighters in Mymensingh. 1971. Naibuddin Ahmed/Drik/Majority World
Training camp for freedom fighters in Mymensingh. 1971. © Naibuddin Ahmed/Drik/Majority World

He had recorded the genocide of his people. He had also left behind idyllic images of riverine Bangladesh and its rural beauty. He chose to leave on the 14th December, the day the Pakistanis had left many of his compatriots dead in the killing fields of Rayerbazaar.  The legendary Bangladeshi photographer Naibuddin Ahmed died on the 14th December 2009. He was 90 and had been ill for some time. A long time supporter of Drik and Majority World, he had been a close friend and colleague of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and they had inspired each other as artists. His recent exhibition at the National Museum, marked a career spanning some seventy years.

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Jan 21-Apr 11 2010 Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX Full details & map

Art: Art museums & institutions

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Though wild elephants are still found in Bangladesh, most elephants are domestic beasts of burden. People form strong bonds with elephants and given their longevity, elephants often form lifelong partnerships with their "Mahouts". Many stories exists of the friendship between an elephant and a Mahout (with children too). Bathing in the hot summer is pleasure for both children and elephants, and an elephant makes a great "rubber duck". Mirjapur, Bangladesh. 1970s.
Though wild elephants are still found in Bangladesh, most elephants are domestic beasts of burden. People form strong bonds with elephants and given their longevity, elephants often form lifelong partnerships with their "Mahouts". Many stories exists of the friendship between an elephant and a Mahout (with children too). Bathing in the hot summer is pleasure for both children and elephants, and an elephant makes a great "rubber duck". Mirjapur, Bangladesh. 1970s. © Rashid Talukder/Drik/Majority World

An inside view of how modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been documented and shaped through the lens of photographers. With over 300 works by 70 artists and photographers, the Whitechapel’s first major show of 2010 features images ranging from the infancy of photography in the 1860s to the present day, encompassing social realism and reportage of key political moments, amateur snaps and street photography. Contemporary photographs by Dayanita Singh and others reveal the rapid technological advances of the past decade as well as the reality of everyday life. ‘Where Three Dreams Cross’ is arranged according to five themes incluidng ‘The Portrait’, ‘The Family’ and ‘The Body Politic’. Many of the works are drawn from important collections, including the Alkazi Collection, Delhi and the Drik Archive, Dhaka.

Drik Photographer Habibul Haque gets Honorable Mention award in Celebrating Life Contest.

Habib Preparing for NabannoPreparing for Nabanno. © Habibul Haque

Habibul Haque received the award in the annual contest for outstanding film, photography and lyrics organised by The Daily Star and the Standard Chartered Bank for his photo titled “Nobannyo”

Strength in Numbers

How innovative photo collectives could save photojournalism

Time: October 6, 2009 from 3pm to 5pm

Location: Online

Organized By: Miki Johnson, RESOLVE Blog

OPEN-i has invited you to the event ‘OPEN-i Live Webinar @ 15:00 GMT: Strength In Numbers: How innovative photo collectives could save photojournalism’ on open-i!

Join Miki Johnson (RESOLVE Blog) and photography collectives Weyo,Drik, Luceo and Nophoto.
Please RSVP (yes/no/maybe) if you wish to receive further updates about this event.

Event Description: Miki Johnson, Founder & Editor of the RESOLVE blog, is organizing this webinar on collectives.
For many photographers, one of the hardest things about the current business paradigm is that it requires them to work totally on their own. Photographers not only have to make photos, record audio, and capture video, they are also running their own business, coming up with their own assignments, and marketing their own work.
There are many innovative groups working against this trend, who understand the benefits of banding together with other creatives, including people with different skill sets, like marketing, accounting, and design. This webinar will ask four such groups toanswer three basic questions:
1. How are you running your organization?
2. What are the benefits for the photographers/professionals involved?
3. What plans do you have for the future and what challenges do you face?

The four groups answering these questions will be:Wéyo: A U.S. company that creates complete publicity/marketingpackages for NGOs and nonprofits. Drik: A Bangladesh photo group that educates local photographers and helps disseminate their work. Luceo Images: A collective of young American photographers who are exploring new business models. Nophoto: A Madrid-based collective that has created dynamic photo-based art and marketing campaigns.
Anyone working in the photography space is welcome. We hope especially that those who are collaborating in groups like these or weighing the benefits of such collaboration will join us. In closing the discussion we’d like to explore what the possible impact of these organizations might be on photojournalism in general. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
JOIN THE LIVE WEBINAR AT 15:00 GMT.
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JOIN THE ONLINE DISCUSSION.
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