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“As a journalist, your only space is at the edge. You have to be constantly feeling the heat. Go back one more step, and you may cease to be effective. There are no safe options, and no prizes for popularity and if you’re not making certain people uncomfortable by your presence, you are probably doing something wrong. The struggle for change is a never-ending process that requires you to be constantly alert, and forever swimming against the current. It is a lonely, stressful, tiring and immensely gratifying journey

Shahidul Alam

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I am a Bangladeshi photographer, writer and activist with a special interest in education, new media and ICT. I was a research tutor at London University where I obtained a PhD in organic chemistry before taking up photography as a profession. I am a former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and set up the award winning Drik Picture Library. I also set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography and the DrikNews photo agency. I am the director of Chobi Mela the festival of photography in Asia. My work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. I have chaired the World Press Photo international jury. I am an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a board member of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Foundation. I am currently visiting professor of photography at the University of Sunderland. In 2007 I lectured at Harvard, UCLA and Stanford universities in the USA, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and Universidade Eduaro Monldane in Mozambique and was one of the Masters in the Joop Swart Masterclass organised by World Press Photo. In 2007, I also had two books published, “Nature’s Fury” on the earthquake in Kashmir and “Portraits of Commitment” a book of portraits of leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Asia. I have been a guest curator for the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. In 2009 I had the rare privilege of being given exclusive access to photograph Nelson Mandela. In 2010, I presented my ongoing work on extrajudicial killings at the Tate Modern.

I am currently setting up a media academy in Bangladesh

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  1. Being a resident of a small town in the UK, it was refreshing to see your face in the introductory page of NI. It’s an informative journal, and I try to buy it whenever I get the chance. I bought it today, so I look forward to reading it.

  2. Tehini line says:

    Hello. We were looking for a way to contact you to see if you could tell us about what s happening in the country. We are a french international tv.

  3. shahidul says:

    Try calling me at the office

    Office Switchboard:
    +880-2-9120125, 8123412, 8112954

  4. Beth Kanter says:

    I just discovered your blog via Nancy White and your photos are amazing!

  5. Shahidul Alam,

    I am really impressed with your Photograph amazing photos. Please if you could send me an e-mail so we both can share some news with each other. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed reading your web site great posting looking forward to see you one day soon in Dhaka.

    Regards
    Bob Chowdhury.!

  6. Presley says:

    Dear Mr. Alam

    I am proud to be your student.

    Presley from London

  7. Amit Chakravarty says:

    Sir,
    My name is Amit currently working for a magazine in Mumbai. I want seek guidance in respect to some photo projects I have undertaken and want to send you some pictures that I have taken for your valuable comments.
    It will be nice of you if you can send me your contacts so that I can send my pictures across to you for your views.

    ThanX

  8. shahidul says:

    Thanks for your mail Amit. My details:

    Drik Picture Library Ltd.
    House 58, Road 15A (New)
    Dhanmondi Residential Area
    Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh

    Best,

    Shahidul

  9. Shahidul Alam,
    nice to know you…

  10. Tammy says:

    Hello! I’m a student taking up photojournalism in Manila. When is the next Chobi Mela? some of us here are interested to go

  11. Cadi zeb un tasmin says:

    Dear Mr. Alam,
    I heard about you and your brave team who worked for so many dared area like Afganistan, Pakistan and so many places in the world.

    Am one of fan of your Drik organisation and also your working process.

    I would be happy if i could join your team and could wotk with you.

    Thanks and regards.
    Cadi.

  12. Nahid M Rahman says:

    i was going through your photography and had ammaised by the view you have in your mind and your lance have, wonderful, briliant, such a talent to put things up.

    NMR

  13. Mr. Alam,
    Your pictures are compelling and beautiful.
    I’m a videojournalist for Current TV in the U.S. and the UK, and we’re desperately trying to find videographers in the area who can shoot some video and interviews in the devastated areas. Do you know anyone who can help us with this? We do offer compensation for the product.
    Thanks for your significant contribution to the coverage of such a tragedy.

  14. sirajul says:

    Dear Mr. Alam,

    I heard about you from my friend Pierre Claquin. I read you blog often and it is interesting with various topics.

    I want to invite you to see my blog with my current experience in Sundernan and its periphery at:

    http://shossain.wordpress.com/

    Also visit my site to see some of my wildlife gallery at:

    http://www.sirajul.com

    I will appriciate your comments.

  15. Sidrat says:

    Hello jaahed chaachaa !

    Gosh… your pictures are amazing… too bad I never get to come over to drik to check them out! Keep up the blog work… itz so cool to have bloggers in the Family :D

    take care!

  16. Zalee says:

    Hoping to work with you again Mr. Shahidul…

  17. Sanjaya says:

    Hi dear friend
    I am really happy to see ur website. Congratulation. More over ,different information in the site has made it more reach. It might be a resource for the journalist like me. I will recommend my all friend to use this portal.
    I recalled the days in Lahore.

    Regards
    Sanjaya Neupane
    Nepal

  18. Ehab says:

    The last time I saw you, was in Rangamati, Hotel George. Is that right ? You were in a hurry :- ) ?

  19. VK Adarsh says:

    amazing blog. its very happy to see arthur c clark and some rare pictures.

  20. Paplu Malsi says:

    hye,
    I just came across your profile in http://www.worldpressphoto.org and it was a nice feeling to see someone from such a small part of the world swimming with big fish…
    i hope you don’t mind my loose wit…
    but let me just say Asala-mua-likum

    Al-Fath’eha, paplu

    based in London

  21. arif says:

    i am filing is vary said. olao weth you.but what can i wel do. i am wwth you.thank

  22. Cedric Vandermeulen says:

    Hi Shahidul,
    We spoke at the Dutch Embassy in Dakar earlier this week, I finally took the time to go through your blog. For me, it was an interesting discussion.
    Funny to find out later, through your blog, who you are. The first hit on your name on Google was a Wikipedia article :-)
    This being a small world, I’m pretty sure we’ll meet again.
    Very best regards,
    Cedric

  23. Mohammad Ali Salim says:

    Hello, I have been trying to contact you about my exhibitions here in New York. Please contact me. Thank you.

  24. shahidul says:

    Dear Salim,

    Please write directly to shahidul@drik.net. Your tiger photo is all over Zia International Airport.

    Shahidul

  25. Todd Lester says:

    Hi Shahidul,
    This is Todd Lester of freeDimensional.org, I would like to encourage you to start a profile on our new community portal and then to cross post your newsletters there in a forum. Our community would like to know about your work AND there is a special group for photographers as well as a unique photography function by which you can show us some of the work of the agency and let our community learn about Drik.

    best,
    todd

  26. Thanks from A.K.M Ali hossain. BLRI, SAVAR . Dhak-1341. Bangladesh. +88 01714328267 .

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  29. Dear Mr.Alam,
    I emailed you on your drik.net email ID on Sunday requesting to meet you in Bangalore this weekend. I’m a photographer based here.
    I don’t know whether you received that mail . I really hope to be able to meet you when you’re here. Is that possible?
    Is there a phone number where I can contact you to fix a meeting if you have some time when you’re in Bangalore?
    I’m really eager to meet you.
    Thanks
    Hari

  30. Akash Das says:

    I wold be nice to get connected with you.

  31. Akash Das says:

    Sorry, there is a typo error in my previous comment.
    It would be nice to get connected with you. Thanks.

  32. Akash Das says:

    It would be nice to get connected with you. Thanks.

  33. yousuf sheikh says:

    salam plez give me a urs email id ?
     

  34. I am very happy to be here on your blog.Thanks a lot for creating such an space to air our voices.I am in Dhaka and writing for 50 years.My blog is ershadmz.wordpress.com. My mail address is ershadmz40@yahoo.com

  35. Sudeep Paul says:

    Shahidul,

    New York Times-e apnar lekhata aaj pore khub bhalo laglo. Ami Delhi-te Indian Express-e kaaj kori. Bhabchhilam apni jodi raaji hon, bhobishshote Bangladesh ba photography-r opor apnake likhte bolte pari ki na… Cheshta koreo apnake mail korte parlam na directly. Apnar email id-ta pele bhalo hoto.

    Dhonnobad,

    Sudeep Paul

  36. Correct History
    Thank you indeed for your correct information about protests at Shahbagh Intersection, Dhaka, Bangladesh. A 40-years Quest of Justice published as an Opinion Editorial in The New York Times on 28 February, 2013 reveals the facts, which are currently going on in the Bangladesh. As a citizen of Bangladesh and proponent of democratic and secular Bangladesh, I want that national media and international media both show a responsible journalism.

    জয় শাহবাগ|

  37. Milton Nicholas Gomes says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for portraying the correct picture to the international media about what is going on in Bangladesh……..The THREE MILLION MARTYRS AND THE 300000 WOMEN WHO LOST THERE RESPECT salutes you………..PLEASE keep spreading these messages to the western world and make them support our nonviolence movement like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela ………thank you again………….Milton.N. Gomes

  38. Shaik Rahman says:

    Proud of you and your images are inspiring.

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