Writer, Curator, Photographer, Activist
Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photographer, writer and activist with a special interest in education, new media and ICT. He is a former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and set up the award winning Drik Picture Library. He also set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography and the DrikNews photo agency. He is also the director of Chobi Mela and has shown his work 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. He has chaired the World Press Photo international jury. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a board member of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Foundation. He is currently visiting professor of photography at the University of Sunderland. In 2007, he 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. His published books include “Nature’s Fury” and “Portraits of Commitment”. In 2010, he presented my ongoing work on extrajudicial killings at the Tate Modern.