Category: My Photo Essays

  • An Exodus of Pain

  • Forest of Tides: The Sundarbans

    The world?s largest mangrove forest is home to hundreds of species and, mostly along its edges, 4 million people. September/October 2016 PDF?Saudi Aramco World Magazine Written by Louis Werner Photographed by Shahidul Alam / DRIK Split not quite in half by the border between India to the west and Bangladesh to the east, crowning the…

  • Humanitarian to a nation

    Originally published in Saudi Aramco World In the cool interior of a mental ward in Karachi, a short, powerfully built man with a flowing snow-white beard and penetrating dark-brown eyes is standing at the bedside of a distraught young woman. She has covered her head with a sheet and is pleading for news of the…

  • Kalpana's Warriors

    Remarkable: Noam Chomsky Absolutely stunning: Jess Worth. New Internationalist Magazine (Oxford) They told me you were quiet. But I felt the rage in your silence. That when you spoke, they rose above themselves. But I felt their fear. That they held you amidst them. But I felt their loneliness. They pointed to the Koroi tree…

  • And Yet She Smiles

    And yet she smiles. Gang raped numerous times as a child. Forced into pick pocketing. Caned till she was unconscious. Sold to a madame. Hajera Begum’s life has little that would give cause to smile. Yet she smiles. She cries too. Not because of the gang rapes, or the beating, or the many years she…

  • Wresting the Narrative From the West

    By JAMES ESTRINNew York Times As far as Shahidul Alam is concerned, he does not live in the third world or the developing world. While the photographer’s home is in Bangladesh, a decidedly poor country, he thinks of himself as residing in “the majority world.” Most people today do not live in Europe or North America,…

  • Bangladesh: Past Present Future

    EXHIBITIONS | FASHION | WORKSHOPS | ADDA | MUSIC An unmissable chance to discover and explore the rich culture and creativity of Bangladesh and its new directions. From 22nd to 24th February at the Bargehouse London SE1 9PH Akram Khan Shahidul Alam

  • Upcoming events

    British Council and Drik India cordially invite you to the launching of the book by Dr. Shahidul Alam ? My Journey As A Witness? followed by lecture presentation of the artist. Dr. Shahidul Alam is an eminent photographer, writer, activist and the Managing Director of the award winning media agency Drik Bangladesh. Date: 21 November,2012…

  • Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam?s first UK retrospective ? picture feast

    From Art Radar Journal BANGLADESH PHOTOGRAPHY LONDON GALLERY SHOW The first UK retrospective of works by internationally renowned Bangladeshi photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam is on at London?s Wilmotte Gallery until December 2011.?Art Radar brings you a selection of portraits and accompanying wall texts from the exhibition. Click here to read more about the…

  • London Launch

    Subscribe to ShahidulNews London launch of “My journey as a witness” by Shahidul Alam. 10th October 2011. Film by?Frode Hegland and?Enamul Hoque BBC World Service interview Public Talk at National Geographic Pictures of exhibition at Wilmotte Gallery in Oxford Gardens continues till 18th November 2011. Pictures of launch at Delhi Festival to follow.