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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. Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam is a guest curator of the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and the Brussels Biennale, Alam’s numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Andrea Frank Awards. His recent book “My Journey as a witness” has been published by the Italian fine art publisher Skira and listed in the “Best Photo Book of the year 2011” compilation by American Photo Magazine. He is currently working on a series of books and a film on the 1971 war of liberation of Bangladesh and setting up a rural journalism network in Bangladesh.

 

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