Griffith University: Bangladesh Workshop

2013 Bangladesh Photography


Bangladesh Workshop Photography
Bangladesh has become a global centre for photography, particularly photojournalism. The internationally significant photo agency?Drik, world-beating school?Pathshala, and renowned biennial festival?Chobi Mela?are all based in Dhaka, setup by the celebrated photographer and activist?Dr Shahidul Alam.
Through a collaborative partnership,?QCA?Photography is now pleased to be able to offer a combined workshop with?Pathshala?and participate in?Chobi Mela VII.? This 3-week field trip will include:

  • Attending the international photography festival,?Chobi Mela.
  • 5-Day Masterclass with an international guest lecturer.
  • 12-Day collaborative workshop involving students and staff from the?QCA?and?Pathshala South Asian Media Academy?in several locations across Bangladesh.

This field trip is photojournalism focused and open to students who have completed at least 1 year of study in the Bachelor of Photography, Bachelor of Digital Media (ePhotojournalism) or Bachelor of Journalism. Students from other Griffith University programs are welcome to attend providing they have the necessary photographic experience. Preference will go to 3rd year Photojournalism and ePhotojournalism students.
Primary staff contact: Alan Hill


  • Bangladesh

Length of Trip:?23 Days

Proposed Dates:

Jan 23 – Depart Brisbane (Thai Airways, overnight in Bangkok)
Jan 24 – Arrive Dhaka
Jan 25 – Attend Chobi Mela Opening
Jan 26-30 – 5 Day Masterclass with Jodi Bieber and attending Chobi Mela events (in Dhaka)
Jan 3-Feb 10 – Infield workshop with Pathshala students and staff (various locations)
Feb 11-12 – Editing and Screening of works
Feb 13 – Depart Dhaka
Feb 14 – Arrive Brisbane
Credit Points Awarded:
20CP (3356QCA Collectors and Gatherers)

Number of Participants:?20

Approximate Cost:

Total cost (including airfares, accommodation, visa and workshops) is $3750, however, Griffith International will contribute $500 for students. The the net cost you would need to pay is $3250. You should budget another $500 for food and local transport.
This cost may be reduced further (by as much as $2000) depending on the outcome of a Federal Government Mobility Grant we have applied for (we will be notified of the outcome sometime in October but we need to confirm everything in the meantime). Those eligible can also apply for an?OS-HELP loan?to cover the total cost which is added to your HECS debt.

Bangladesh Images:

Image by Abir AbdullahImage by Anisul HouqeImage by Munem WasifImage by Shehab Uddin

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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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